Microcosmos : Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution

By (author) Lynn Margulis , By (author) Dorion Sagan , Foreword by Lewis Thomas


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This title is back in print with a revised preface. "Microcosmos" brings together the remarkable discoveries of microbiology of the past two decades and the pioneering research of Dr. Margulis to create a vivid new picture of the world that is crucial to our understanding of the future of the planet. Addressed to general readers, the book provides a beautifully written view of evolution as a process based on interdependency and their interconnectedness of all life on the planet.

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • 29 May 1997
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 13 line illustrations, 4 tables.
  • 0520210646
  • 9780520210646
  • 213,038

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Author Information

Lynn Margulis is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dorion Sagan is the author of Biospheres and coauthor, with Lynn Margulis, of What Is Life? (1996).

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Review quote

"A stunning, complex chronicle. . . proposing that only an understanding of the microcosm from which life sprang can make possible our ultimate leap beyond Earth into a human-devised supercosm."--"Publishers Weekly

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Back cover copy

Microcosmos is nothing less than the saga of the life of the planet.

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