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Planet Earth

Blogs and Newspapers: Three New Microcosm Reviews

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerJuly 21, 2008 6:31 PM

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Here are a fresh batch of reviews for Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life... Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "For readers who enjoy a seat at the revolution and a chance to ponder the 'supple little bugs' at the dawn of life, Microcosm' is a bracing read. This timely book deserves shelf space near Lewis Thomas' classic, 'Lives of a Cell.'" Living the Scientific Life: "Carl Zimmer has done such a remarkable job with this book; transforming an already interesting topic into something that is nearly universal in its relevance. His personable and engaging narrative piques his readers' curiosity as he carefully builds his story from basic scientific findings. As a result, his readers end up learning about complex science in the same way that scientists do: by building upon the discoveries and innovations of the past." Adaptive Complexity: "Microcosm packs a lot of depth into less than 200 pages. If you are looking for a peephole into today's world of modern biology, how it has developed, what are its triumphs, where are the controversies, there is probably no better place to start than Zimmer's marvelous examination of the world of E. coli."

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