John L. Ingraham Roberto Kolter
- Title: March of the Microbes: Sighting the Unseen
- Author: John L. Ingraham Roberto Kolter
- ISBN: 9780674035829
- Page: 291
- Format: Hardcover
Though nothing in the natural world would be quite the same without them, microbes go mostly unnoticed They are the tiny, mighty force behind the pop in Champagne and the holes in Swiss cheese, the granite walls of Yosemite and the white cliffs of Dover, the workings of snowmaking machines, Botox, and gunpowder and yet we tend to regard them as peripheral, disease causinThough nothing in the natural world would be quite the same without them, microbes go mostly unnoticed They are the tiny, mighty force behind the pop in Champagne and the holes in Swiss cheese, the granite walls of Yosemite and the white cliffs of Dover, the workings of snowmaking machines, Botox, and gunpowder and yet we tend to regard them as peripheral, disease causing, food spoiling troublemakers In this book renowned microbiologist John Ingraham rescues these supremely important and ubiquitous microorganisms from their unwonted obscurity by showing us how we can, in fact, see them and appreciate their vast and varied role in nature and our lives.Though we might not be able to see microbes firsthand, the consequences of their activities are readily apparent to our unaided senses March of the Microbes shows us how to examine, study, and appreciate microbes in the manner of a birdwatcher, by making sightings of microbial activities and thereby identifying particular microbes as well as understanding what they do and how they do it The sightings are as different as a smelly rock cod, a bottle of Chateau d Yquem, a moment in the Salem witch trials, and white clouds over the ocean Together they summarize the impact of microbes on our planet, its atmosphere, geology, weather, and other organisms including ourselves, to whom they dole out fatal illnesses and vital nutrients alike.In the end, Ingraham leaves us marveling at the power and persistence of microbes on our planet and gives credence to Louis Pasteur s famous assertion that microbes will have the last word.
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March of the Microbes: Sighting the Unseen 4.5 StarsThis is a nicely written, fascinatingly informative book about microbe watching and how microbes function to produce the effects we see. Includes such things as the methane gas in smelly ponds, why ocean fish smell when they go bad, the production of wine, why yeast is included in bread, colourful microbe effects, various symbiotic relations, carbon/nitrogen/sulphur cycles, extremophiles, salt manufacture, ergotism, mushroom rings, and all sort [...]
If you are a biological entity you should read this book.When I saw the Discovery/BBC productions of "Planet Earth" and "Life" I thought, this is ridiculous, a series focusing on the life of Earth and no featuring ANY microbes? That's like doing a documentary on American film and not mentioning Hollywood. Ingraham makes similar remarks about national parks that display a history of life on Earth without mention of bacteria, or signs that proclaim that plants are the only organisms that get energ [...]
Excellent read. Not too technical with a good glossary. Writer convinced me that this is their world and we just happen to share it with them. I learned a lot.
Viena no labākajām grāmatām par mikrobiem ko esmu lasījis. Daudz faktu, piemēru no dabas. Vietām kļūst nedaudz tehniska un ieslīgst bioķīmisko reakciju niansēs, bet tas ir pavisam nedaudz.
I enjoyed the read, although I did skip over parts. This was really just a collection of essays on different microbes, loosely grouped by some aspect of their metabolism. I prefer learning about general principles, a compression of many different phenomena, rather than just a list of facts. However, I was intrigued by a few facts; - Taq, the type of polymerase used in polymerase chain reaction was derived from an extremophile, specifically one that can live in high temperatures, thus it needed t [...]
Fascinating look at the smallest form of life that collectively outweighs us all: microbes.This book works as both a primer on the smallest lifeforms on earth and as a wonderful travelogue, visiting the places where they make their homes and how they affect everything on the planet. After a couple of introductory chapters giving us a general overview of microorganisms and how they function, the author moves along to their contributions to the foods and drinks we consume, how they contribute to t [...]
Very Informative and covers a vast majority of topics. Was an interesting and definitely educational read, but this isn't for nonbiology/chemistry inclined readers. The book is only 306 pages, but it is very dense and packed with lots of information. I had to pause every once in a while to sit down and think about what I read and fully absorb the information. I really like that charts and diagrams were added in the book so the reader could see the big picture. It's a great informative read regar [...]
Genuinely the best book I've read in a while. Have annoyed at least a dozen people with my banging on about it. But I can't help it! Ingraham is clearly loads smarter than I could ever hope to be, but he doesn't write over the reader's head. Instead, he elucidates complex science in a straightforward, conversational manner — and he's truly funny, to boot. Cannot count the number of times I actually laughed aloud (or uttered, "SHUT UP!") whilst reading on the tube, thereby breaking the London C [...]
This is a wonderful book surveying the microbial realms and our knowledge of it. I found it a bit basic, but that I think that is actually a strength, given that it is aimed at a general audience, and not a professional. It was quite fun, too. The science is presented very well, and very accessibly. I was rather surprised at how much information was conveyed in such a graceful way that the author could build upon it without being likely to overwhelm a layperson. It is quite an accomplishment, th [...]
A great overview of the huge part that microbes play in our lives. I want to learn about more microbe sightings! While I was reading this book, I kept envisioning this as an AWESOME documentary series. I guess that's the mark of a good nonfiction. I would say the book is great at explaining basic microbiology concepts, and was a good refresher for me (having taken bio in highschool and microbiology in college) - but would probably seem rudimentary to my doctor, biologist, and biotech friends. My [...]
This book started off strong, but in the middle there are several chapters on various natural cycles (sulfur cycle, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle) that are incredibly boring. In these chapters, it reads like a textbook and I would know because I've read that textbook already and found it boring then. I found it to have lots of fun microbe facts, some I knew about and others I didn't. The last few chapters were again interesting. I like the idea of writing as if you were on a microbe hunt, searchi [...]
A fabulous book about, what else, microbes! Most of the science in it is lay friendly. Fascinating facts about things we literally couldn't live without - both as individuals, and from a global perspective.As an example, I always thought cows got their energy from grass - but they don't. Their gut microbes get the grass energy and secret organic acids as by products that are nutrients the cow can absorb, plus the cow digests all the dead microbes which supplies the needed protein.
Although we rarely think much about them, microbes make their presence felt in myriad ways. This book looks at the effect microbes have on our world by drawing our attention to what the author calls "microbe sightings". Come along on this hunt to find microbes exerting their influence. This book has a solid scientific basis without being overly technical.
A very accessible, fun, and informative look at the microbes all around us. This is written rather as a guide, pointing out the readily seen/smelled/tasted evidence of microbes at work in (mostly) everyday situations. I enjoyed learning MANY new things, including how cows get their protein, and why I have ALWAYS said that beets taste like dirt.
written for the layman, this book is my advanced microbiology class, but fun. proton pumps, woese, archea, it's all there. the cycle chapters were a bit boring but thorough. also he tells a lot of interesting facts i didn't know--for one, how cherry cordials are made. read this if you're a science buff, definitely!!
microbes are everywhere and we couldn't live without them. This book tells you why in a very readable and fun style.
Excellent look into the life of bacteria, archea, and viruses for the non-scientist.
One of the best 'microbe' books I have ever read. If you only want to read one book about bacteria, make it this one. The roles that microbes play in our world is amazing.
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