Microcosmos



BACK IN PRINT WITH A REVISED PREFACE Microcosmos Brings Together The Remarkable Discoveries Of Microbiology Of The Past Two Decades And The Pioneering Research Of Dr Margulis To Create A Vivid New Picture Of The World That Is Crucial To Our Understanding Of The Future Of The Planet Addressed To General Readers, The Book Provides A Beautifully Written View Of Evolution As A Process Based On Interdependency And Thei Nterconnectedness Of All Life On The Planet.Microcosmos

Lynn Margulis 1938 2011 was a Professor of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, a member of the U.S National Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

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  • ebook
  • 304 pages
  • Microcosmos
  • Lynn Margulis
  • 03 June 2018
  • 9780520919815

10 thoughts on “Microcosmos

  1. says:

    Margulis is kind of a crazy bitch, but this book reflects her better sane ideas Her primary ideas contrast sharply with Dawkins, and her science background gives her a much stronger footing on which to present her case Dawkins always struck me as an angry asshat writing about science and what he thinks is right Margulis writes like an asshat scientist I love the concepts of cooperatio...

  2. says:

    The book reads like a summing up of her she co authored with her son long work as a pre eminent biologist 1 Life, Margulis writes, is autopoietic, by which she means that it actively maintains itself against the mischief of the world Life responds to disturbance, using matter and energy to stay intact An organism constantly exchanges its parts, replacing its component chemicals without ever losing its identity This modulating, holistic phenomenon of autopoiesis, of active self maintenance, is at the basis of all known life For many, life s beginnings start or less 500 million years ago during the Cambrian period in the Paleozoic era when the first hard shell, bone fossilized evidence of life appeared But Margulis takes it back to 4 billion years ago, at that transition between life and non life she titles Chapter 2 as The Animation of Matter , when molecules began self replication 2 Then she moves to the Age of Bacteria 3.5 billion years ago and this is her focus For the longest time in this period, prokaryotes organisms composed of cells with no nucleus dominated In their first two billion years on earth, she writes, prokaryotes continuously transformed the earth s surface and atmosphere They invented all of life s essential, miniaturized chemical systems Some bacteria were able...

  3. says:

    Tom Miley, his older brother and I once shared an apartment in East Rogers Park, Chicago Both the Miley brothers are, like myself, dissatisfied with themselves and both have striven mightily to make improvement Much, but not all, of this effort has been along the lines of self education in the common sense of going to schools, reading lots of books, writing and talking about one s studies We have long inspired and comforted one another We have, despite their moves to San Francisco and Sonoma years ago, maintained contact by means of regular visits, phonecalls and correspondence Indeed, Michael, the older brother, is visiting as I write this.By profession, Tom is a composer, primarily of electronic music There isn t much commercial demand for this so he s worked a variety of jobs, some in sound engineering, some in programming, some in the academy Once, during the time I was visiting him and given this book to read, he even went back to school to obtain expertise in the life sciences, thinking to completely change careers quite an ambition in one s middle age He was quite successful academically, but hated the lab job he obtained, so he s returned to...

  4. says:

    Life has existed on Earth for nearly 4 billion years For 80% of that time, according to Microcosmos, it consisted solely of pre cellular and single celled organisms Authors Margulis and Sagan give a convincing and engrossing account of how atoms and molecules on the early Earth may have coalesced and combined, eventually forming complex molecules that could make copies of themselves Through a variety of chemical interactions, these complex molecules combined together to form bacterial cells groups of molecules contained within a membrane that separated self from non self for the first time Bacteria consumed chemicals from the surrounding environment to produce energy that they used to maintain themselves and to reproduce The authors explain how early evolution depended as much on symbiosis between different bacteria specialized at different tasks such as photosynthesis or movement as it did on Darwin s survival of the fittest In the process, they completely changed the Earth, polluting the atmosphere with oxygen that later became a key element for later generations of bacteria Eventually, the bacteria had developed and evolved almost all the basic biochemical reactions that drive all forms of life on Earth today Only after the biochemistry problems were...

  5. says:

    Read many years ago as part of my study and practice of Continuum She is a biologist and it resonates with the micromovement and being in contact with your body at a cellular level, including the microtubules.

  6. says:

    Microcosmos is a history of evolution from the viewpoint of the bacteria It made me realize how accustomed I have become to reading books into which authors insert themselves They travel to various places to research their books and they tell about what they learn from their point of view The authors of this book, in contrast, seemed strangely absent, or behind the scenes There are just a few humorous phrases to convey a feeling of Microcosmos coming from real actual people Grade school textbooks used to be like this The subject matter is certainly interesting and clearly and chronol...

  7. says:

    It was comforting for me to realize after reading this 80s classic that micro biotic life is smarter than we are Its uber mind sees a much bigger picture and created humans, and all life that one can see with the naked eye for that matter 1% , as metaphorical transit mechanisms, cities, condominiums, shopping centers I could only conclude that after we have destroy...

  8. says:

    The authors of Microcosmos provide a fascinating look into the role the bacteria have played on Earth, both influencing the larger environment and life itself Unfortunately, the last two chapters go a bit off the rails, where th...

  9. says:

    clear writing and very immersive Lynn Margulis takes you to the realm of microscopic life, and offers a view on evolution trough cooperation well put arguments against a view on evolution that only concerns the individual, as she shows that the whole concept of a individual is troublesome.

  10. says:

    NF275 pagesExcellent

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