John Turberville Needham Bibliography

The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul 1745
New Microscopical Discoveries 1745
English Catholic Priest and scientist, Needham advanced the theory of spontaneous generation, alleging that tiny eel-like creatures develop in fermenting organic matter, such as flour. Voltaire rejected the theory, but it appealed to Diderot as logically eliminating the necessity for outside (divine?) agency; “Voltaire can joke as much as he likes, but the Eelmonger is right”. (D’Alembert’s Dream, p.173.)