Planet of Microbes eBook ç Planet of PDF/EPUB ²


  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Planet of Microbes
  • Ted Anton
  • 04 April 2016
  • 9780226353944

10 thoughts on “Planet of Microbes

  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 have done microbial research and others who have searched for the origins of life on Earth and the potential for live on other celestial bodies Ted talks of new understandings of our microbial biome which has both a jekyll and Hyde side Even temporary disruptions in the early months of human development such as taking antibiotics can lead to diabetes or autism Some microbes can even be protective at some stages of development and even essential but when an imbalance occurs these same microbes and destroy We have only begun to understand all the ways microbes effect all aspects of our health and the environments we live If you want a uick overview of where microbial research began and is heading I'd say give Ted Anton's book a visit Yeah there are errors and it's awkward in places but he has done a lot of first hand interviews and conveys a good understanding of a little understood subject Microbes effect all aspects of our lives and the health of the planet I felt like I learned a lot from reading it


  2. Kristin Krause Kristin Krause says:

    Other reviews were pretty negative but I thought this was a fascinating bookYes 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 geeking out over parts of it


  3. Nathan Nathan says:

    Incredibly disorganized and repetitiveWas 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 oneI was super excited when I found this book on the shelf at the library Ooo a new book on microbesI 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 Surely this author would know that and deliver this so that science geeks aren't the only ones who will understand thisWRONGThe book did nothing to explain ALOT of science stuff Let's face it if you aren't into science or really remember much about biology you will not like this book Even if you are into science I am not sure this is a good book for you The author does nothing to explain anything he is talking about into simple terms I also did not appreciate how he approached topics and people He would start one paragraph about one person and then bring up a new scientist in the next Not to mention at one point I was reading about Lynn Alexander who with a snap of a finger became Margulis I actually had to Google the names to make sure they were there same person they are There was also plenty of poorly written areas which shocked me given the author's profession I gave up on page 67 I planned on reading the first section but I was so unexcited about this book I decided to not even bother


  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 the importance of microbes but not explaining how they do what they do There were also many repetitions and what I assume are editing oversights left out words and nonsense sentences as well as some oddball choices such as describing Lynne Margulis by her maiden surname Alexander then in the same paragraph referring to her by her second marriage surname Margulis while discussing her first marriage to Carl Sagan; or discussing one scientist and then jumping around to other scientists and different topics before randomly jumping back to the first scientist Nothing in this book is new The topics covered in this book are discussed successfully in other books OTHER BOOKS ABOUT MICROBES I Contain Multitudes The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong Amoeba in the Room Lives of the Microbes by Nicholas P Money The Hidden Half of Nature The Microbial Roots of Life and Health by David R Montgomery March of the Microbes Sighting the Unseen by John L Ingraham Superbug The Fatal Menace of MRSA by Maryn McKenna The Killers Within The Deadly Rise Of Drug Resistant Bacteria by Michael Shnayerson Mark J Plotkin Power Sex Suicide Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane


  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 writerYou don’t have to understand science to understand Anton He explains without patronizing probing to the depths of life’s origins He writes about how microbes influence health mental health and horticulture; how they are found in astronomy; how they can be used to fight disease; and how they can tell us secrets about the origins of lifeIf science were a movie Anton shows you the scientists behind microbes discovery including the behind the scenes details of their lives Reading Planet of Microbes is like talking directly to scientists Anton sets the scene to give you every last detail of their worldsPlanet of Microbes should be reuired reading in every high school and college biology class


  8. Bookoholic.me Bookoholic.me 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. The Inquisitive Biologist The Inquisitive Biologist says:

    Planet of Microbes is a high octane story of microbiological discovery See my full review at


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Planet of Microbes 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