I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us And A Grander View Of Life by Ed YongI Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us And A Grander View Of Life by Ed Yong

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us And A Grander View Of Life

byEd Yong

Paperback | January 16, 2018

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Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin—a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth.

Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light—less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are.

The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.

Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us—the microbiome—build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.

Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer on the staff of the Atlantic. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Wired, the New York Times, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, the Guardian, the Times, Discover, Slate, and other publications. He lives in Washington DC.
Title:I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us And A Grander View Of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.93 inPublished:January 16, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book to learn more on this interesting topic This is the subject I went to school for and actually I started my Master's program with one of the Doctors mentioned in this book and took an undergraduate class with another (which I didn't realize when I picked this book up!). Therefore I am very familiar with the material. The book jumped around a bunch and was very repetitive, so I was a tad bored. Yet, I did actually learn a few new things and tales that was not covered in my schooling and made me want to look up the original research about it. And it did get me thinking a bit differently about this one thing I learned many times during my schooling that was just a basic fact and put some context to it I had never thought about before. Also I love the term 'domestic bacteria'. Overall, I liked it but was also bored, yet I would highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn more as it was easy to understand and digest, has interesting information and an important message. However, it was not as life changing for me as I was told it was from others that recommended it.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I first heard of Ed Yong when I watched the "It Takes Guts" episode of David Suzuki's The Nature of Things. I was captivated by the topic of the microbiome and wanted to learn more. Ed Yong's book is a wonderfully informative, yet entertaining read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about this groundbreaking area of science.
Date published: 2017-09-08

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“A must-read for the curious and science-minded, Yong’s book helps guide us through this exciting landscape.”