Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution

Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution

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

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 29 May 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520210646
  • ISBN 13: 9780520210646
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 13 line illustrations, 4 tables.
  • Sales rank: 194,750

Product description

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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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).

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

Table of contents

Foreword by Lewis Thomas (1986) Preface (1997) Acknowledgments Introduction: The Microcosm 1. Out of the Cosmos 2. The Animation of Matter 3. The Language of Nature 4. Entering the Microcosm 5. Sex and Worldwide Genetic Exchange 6. The Oxygen Holocaust 7. New Cells 8. Living Together 9. The Symbiotic Brain 10. The Riddle of Sex 11. Late Bloomers: Animals and Plants 12. Egocentric Man 13. The Future Supercosm Notes Index