I Contain Multitudes
Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It’s an entire world, a colony full of life. In other words, you contain multitudes. These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to... show more
Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It’s an entire world, a colony full of life.
In other words, you contain multitudes.
These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.
In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.
We learn the invisible and wondrous science behind the corals that construct mighty reefs and the squid that create their own light shows. We see how bacteria can alter our response to cancer-fighting drugs, tune our immune system, influence our evolution, and even modify our genetic make-up. And we meet the scientists who are manipulating these microscopic partners to our advantage.
In a million tiny ways, I Contain Multitudes will radically change how you think about the natural world, and how you see yourself.
Publish date: 2016
Publisher: Bodley Head
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
This book was an interesting look at micro-organisms and although there is a lot of speculation and the author can't quite get out of the magazine article style that makes him physically describe at least some of the people he interviews, I can't help feel that this is what Gulp by Mary Roach should...
I wasn't sure what I was going to get when I started this book; obviously microbes, but was it going to be dry and academic, or worse, evangelical 'omg-microbes-are-the-answer-to-everything!'? Luckily I got neither. Instead Yong's book was, from start to finish, utterly fascinating; never too arc...
I'm not going to go into extreme detail about this book as others have written great reviews in that vain. Briefly this book shows how the "microbiome" has influenced life for billions of years, so much so that the heavy use of antibiotics and attempt at sterilization of our bodies and environment o...
TITLE: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life AUTHOR: ED YONG DATE PUBLISHED: 2016 FORMAT: Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-847-92418-6 ________________________________ I Contain Multitudes is an enjoyable and informative book that takes a look at how microbe...