Planet of Microbes: The Perils and Potential of Earth's

Planet of Microbes: The Perils and Potential of Earth's We live in a time of unprecedented scientific knowledge about the origins of life on Earth But if we want to grasp the big picture, we have to start small very small That s because the real heroes of the story of life on Earth are microbes, the tiny living organisms we cannot see with the naked eye Microbes were Earth s first lifeforms, early anaerobic inhabitants that created the air we breathe Today they live, invisible and seemingly invincible, in every corner of the planet, from Yellowstone s scalding hot springs to Antarctic mountaintops to inside our very bodies than a hundred trillion of them Don t be alarmed though many microbes are allies in achieving our to say nothing of our planet s health In Planet of Microbes, Ted Anton takes readers through the most recent discoveries about microbes, revealing their unexpected potential to reshape the future of the planet For years, we knew little about these invisible invaders, considering them as little than our enemies in our fight against infectious disease But the we learn about microbes, the it s become clear that our very lives depend on them They may also hold the answers to some of science s most pressing problems, including how to combat a warming planet, clean up the environment, and help the body fight off a wide variety of diseases Anton has spent years interviewing and working with the determined scientists who hope to harness the work of microbes, and he breaks down the science while also sharing incredible behind the scenes stories of the research taking place everywhere from microbreweries to Mars The world s tiniest organisms were here than three billion years before us We live in their world, and Planet of Microbes at last gives these unsung heroes the recognition they deserve

10 thoughts on “Planet of Microbes: The Perils and Potential of Earth's Essential Life Forms

  1. Edward Canade Edward Canade says:

    I agree with some of the GoodReads reviewers, that Planet of Microbes is disjointed He makes a bunch of small errors that the editor should have caught But still there is a ton of interesting information within these 265 pages It does explore the pioneers who put forth ideas of the importance of symbiosis in evolution and cell development He has visited and talked with many who

  2. Kristin Krause Kristin Krause says:

    Other reviews were pretty negative, but I thought this was a fascinating book.Yes, it would have profited from an editor and won t win any literary prizes Dr Anton does a lot of name dropping and it can be hard to follow If you were a biology major in college, you will already be familiar with many of the names and then the ideas and connections expressed are fascinating I was geeki

  3. Nathan Nathan says:

    Incredibly disorganized and repetitive.Was there an editor at all I wonderSomewhere in here there is an interesting story to be told Hopefully someone will tell it coherently soon.

  4. Melissa Mannon Melissa Mannon says:

    I just made it one chapter in There are no explanations of science concepts, just simple descriptions of events, and I ve already spotted two words missing in sentences Poor science writing and poor editing of a fascinating topic.

  5. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I tried I really tried with this one.I was super excited when I found this book on the shelf at the library Ooo a new book on microbes I read the back jacket and found the author was an English professor Having a scientific background, I thought to myself, eh, an English professor writing science Then I thought, well maybe that s a good thing Sometimes science material can be too science y Sure

  6. Elentarri Elentarri says:

    This book is supposed to be about the recent discoveries that have to do with microbes In fact, it ends up being a long winded, somewhat disorganised, poorly written biography of the scientists involved in those discoveries There is minimal actual science in this book none of which is explained properly and even the discoveries are given highly superficial treatment, thus providing a vague idea of

  7. Alexis Alexis says:

    If you watch the Big Bang Theory, read the Science section of the New York Times and live on the line where nature meets poetry, Planet of Microbes by Ted Anton will engage you in the history and future of microbes Anton is as much a historian of science as he is a creative nonfiction writer.You don t have to understand science to understand Anton He explains without patronizing, probing to the depths

  8. says:

    As a total newbie to Microbiology, I truly enjoyed this book I loved that it showed the history if microbes discoveries, where the microbes are useful and how they re used and where the research focuses today It s a really good start for someone with 0 knowledge about the microbes, who d like to learn how the science got interested with them.

  9. Laura Laura says:

    This science book is written by an English professor, so one would expect it to be well written at least Not so Sentence fragments Sentences that don t make any sense I could not finish this book it made me too mad.

  10. Tara Tara says:

    I think this book misrepresents itself It feelslike a historical fiction regarding climate change and origins in favor of atheistic belief.

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