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.
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Title:I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us And A Grander View Of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.64 inPublished:January 16, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062368607

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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.”