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Every Living Thing: Man's Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys Paperback – April 27, 2010
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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.
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Great stories about how little we know and how fun it is to make new discoveries!Published 17 months ago by Cormorant Calling
Wonderful survey of the search of the full monty of the Earth's biota!Published 17 months ago by mark
Wonderful, an overview on biology that encompasses history, present and future.
Think that everyone interested in biology should read it.