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Every Living Thing: Man's Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 2, 2008
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“His writing is concise and entertaining. So entertaining that I found myself laughing out loud and following my husband around saying, “Listen to this!” over and over again as I read.” (Internet Review of Books )
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I highly recommend this to anyone who likes good popular science reading (scientists included!). It's an entertaining narrative that introduces you to fascinating characters who have made major biological discoveries, many of whom you've probably heard of and some likely not. By bringing the reader into the moment of discovery and the personal real life of the discoverers, this book captures the perspective of the explorer and the struggle that's often involved in getting answers and convincing the world they're true.
Sometimes Dunn ends his stories too soon. Tullis Onstott reports finding, 2.8 miles down in the earth, bacteria that are living on the "energy produced by the radioactive decay of rocks." What?? Are they living on alpha rays, beta rays, gamma rays?Read more ›
This is the first book I've read by someone I know - Rob's daughter is in the same preschool class as my daughter. And I found myself staggered that he had time to write at all, what with raising a child and being a full-time professor. Plus, that he had such interesting things to talk about. And interesting stories: he and his wife (a medical anthropologist) spent time in a small village in the Amazon, cataloging the medicinal uses of various plants and watching the local children's pet monkey ride on around a pet pig. Among other things.
Think that everyone interested in biology should read it.
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One of the best books I've read recently. It sent me on a search for Dunn's other writings. Dunn is not an "up-and-coming" popularizer, but an accomplished popularizer, a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Carpenter
Great stories about how little we know and how fun it is to make new discoveries!Published 10 months ago by Cormorant Calling
Wonderful survey of the search of the full monty of the Earth's biota!Published 10 months ago by mark
This book is everything! Dr. Dunn masterfully brings you into the world that are the biological sciences. I can't say enough about this book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Claude Jordan
I'm not a scientist and don't usually read non-fiction, but I really liked this book. Dunn describes our need to know and name things in an entertaining style as he leads us on a... Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Sandra M. Bruney
I'm a professional evolutionary biologist, a systematist and entomologist, so the general subject matter of this book was familiar to me. Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by benthos
This is a book that does what great science writing is supposed to do - explain the universe while enthralling the reader. Read morePublished on September 19, 2009 by Matthew A. Bille
Depending on who you are Dunn's book is either about biology or psychology or consciousness. As a book about biology, "Every Living Thing: Man's Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life"... Read morePublished on June 9, 2009 by Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author of "Lotus Effect," "Present Perfect," & "Eating the Moment"