I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

Category: Book
By (author): Yong, Ed
Subject:  COOKING / Health & Healing / General
  MEDICAL / Microbiology
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Microbiology
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: January 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.64in
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Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin-a "microbe's-eye view" of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth.

Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light-less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are.

The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.

Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us-the microbiome-build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.

Review Quote*"In I Contain Multitudes, Yong synthesizes literally hundreds and hundreds of papers, but he never overwhelms you with the science. He just keeps imparting one surprising, fascinating insight after the next. I Contain Multitudes is science journalism at its best."
Review Quote*"[An] excellent and vivid introduction to our microbiota. . . . infectiously enthusiastic."
Review Quote*"A science journalist's first book is an excellent, vivid introduction to the all-enveloping realm of our secret sharers."
Review Quote*"Offer[s] engrossing-and gross-details about how an invisible world shapes our species…Mr. Yong's book lives up to its title, containing multitudes of facts presented in graceful, accessible prose….The author wonderfully turns to the humanities again and again to enrich the book's scientific detail…And he's funny."
Review Quote*"Not since de Kruif's classic, "Microbe Hunters,'' has this invisible world been brought so vividly to life… Yong's curiosity and humor made me smile and even laugh out loud, much to my husband's surprise. By the end of the book his sense of wonder for microbes was, well, infectious."
Review Quote*"For a lesser writer, the temptation to oversimplify the science or to sex up unwarranted conclusions might have proved irresistible. Mr Yong expertly avoids these pitfalls…. I Contain Multitudes bowls along wonderfully without it. His hero, Sir David [Attenborough], would surely approve."
Review Quote*"Beautifully written. . . . Yong - who like Carl Zimmer belongs to the highest tier of science journalists at work today - weaves revelatory anecdotes and cutting-edge reporting into an elegant, illuminating page-turner."
Review Quote*"Beautiful, smart, and sometimes shocking."
Review Quote*"Masterful . . . a tale that shifts our personal cosmology and compels us to look anew at the world