Leipzig, arth, 1899. Contemp. hcalf. Gilt spine with gilt lettering. (8),207,(2) pp. Stamp on foot of title-page and on last page. Inernally fine and clean.
First edition of a main work on the the physiology of the nerves in the lower animals. Loeb founded the theory of "tropism" as the basis of the psychology of the lower forms of life and he became the apostle of the mechanistic conceptions in biology.
Loeb became one of the most famous scientists in America, widely covered in newspapers and magazines. He was the model for the character of Max Gottlieb in Sinclair Lewis's Pulitzer-winning novel Arrowsmith, the first great work of fiction to idealize and idolize pure science. Mark Twain also wrote an essay titled "Dr. Loeb's Incredible Discovery", which urges the reader not to support a rigid general consensus, but instead be open to new scientific advances.
Loeb was nominated many times for the Nobel Prize but never won. - Garrison & Morton: 1428.