Borelli, Giovanni (1608-1679)

Italian physiologist, philosopher, mathematician, and disciple of Galileo who applied the latter’s principles of physics to biology, thus suggesting an experimental approach to the science.

He established physiology in what was later to become an effort to describe organic functions in mechanical and physiochemical terms.


See also: Galileo Galilei, Malpighi, Marcello.

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