Microcosmos Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution

ISBN-10: 0520210646
ISBN-13: 9780520210646
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/29/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

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 thei nterconnectedness of all life on the planet.

Lynn Margulis was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 5, 1938. She graduated from the University of Chicago at the age of 18. She received a master's degree in genetics and zoology from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught for 22 years at Boston University before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1988. She was best known for her theory of species evolution by symbiogensis. The manuscript in which she first presented her findings was published in 1967 by the Journal of Theoretical Biology. An expanded version, with additional evidence to support the theory, became her first book entitled Origin of Eukaryotic Cells. Her other works include Symbiosis in Cell Evolution, Luminous Fish: Tales of Science and Love, Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature, and Mind, Life, and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time. She died five days after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke on November 22, 2011 at the age of 73.

Foreword by Lewis Thomas (1986)
Preface (1997)
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Microcosm
Out of the Cosmos
The Animation of Matter
The Language of Nature
Entering the Microcosm
Sex and Worldwide Genetic Exchange
The Oxygen Holocaust
New Cells
Living Together
The Symbiotic Brain
The Riddle of Sex
Late Bloomers: Animals and Plants
Egocentric Man
The Future Supercosm
Notes
Index

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