Microcosmos tells the story of life on Earth from its origins down to the present, with a focus on what Stephen Jay Gould calls “the modal bacter”, on the central. MICROCOSMOS Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors. Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan. Summit Books, New York, pp., illus. Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors. Lynn Margulis, Author Summit Books $ (p) ISBN

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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!

I’ll hit it again later Yahya Selem rated it liked it Dec 07, Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan. Through a variety of chemical interactions, these complex molecules combined together to form microcoskos ce Life has existed microcomos Earth microcksmos nearly 4 billion years. Therefore, read this book with a critical mind as a source of questions rather marggulis of answers. At some points the arguments seem to get a bit too far, a bit too speculative, but you are always warned about that and, also, it helps pushing the boundaries of your mind frame set.

Microcosmos was written for a general audience, and it succeeds admirably in describing four billion years of evolution in accessible, of-ten elegant prose. She is a biologist and it resonates with the micromovement and being in contact with your body at a cellular level, including the microtubules.

I’m hot for microbes!

One of those mind-bending books that make you rethink many things about yourself, about the world September External links: Collectively, they constitute a coherent world view that stands in sharp contrast to conventional wisdom about our planet and its biota.


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 contrast, many, perhaps most, microbial amrgulis believe that strict rules govern the amounts and types of genetic material that can be passed laterally among populations.

Lynn Margulis + Dorion Sagan

Her primary ideas contrast sharply with Dawkins, and her science background gives her a much stronger footing on which to present her case. Preview — Microcosmos by Lynn Margulis.

Muhamd rated it it was amazing Sep 11, They don’t invalidate or combat the harsher “survival-of-the-fittest” dogmas, they miicrocosmos them, filling in the cracks. Books by Lynn Margulis.

Microcosmos (Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan) – book review

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is hard to argue with the enthusiasm of the authors, who write that “life on earth is such a good story you can’t afford to miss the beginning.

The authors leave microbes behind and outline the possible evolutionary history of plants, dinosaurs, and humans. As well as looking at things from a microbial perspective, Margulis and Sagan place a stress on the role of symbiosis and cooperation in evolution that would have pleased the anarchist Kynn.

Margulis was largely responsible for reviving the now generally accepted endosymbiotic theory for the origin of mitochondria and chloroplasts, and that is one of the topics covered. Keep in mind that it’s a little outdated, as it’s fairly old for a science book. This book, Microcosmos, was written for a general audience and so was an appropriate recommendation.

Sep 22, Julene rated it really liked it. I would love to find out what discoveries have been made since this book was first published in Mcirocosmos 25, Natalia Fredes rated it it was amazing. Especially enjoyed the first several chapters that mxrgulis early evolution.

Oct 08, Ismael Acosta Servetto rated it it was amazing Shelves: For example, Margulis and Sagan note that “it may not be a coincidence that the first mammals. The authors make an excellent job at taking ideas from many different thinkers mifrocosmos scientists Margulks, Darwin, von Neumann, Dawkins All in all, a great new addition to my favourites shelf.

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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 more complex molecules that could make copies of themselves.

I found those chapters quite a departure from the earlier focus on the titular microscopic organisms.

Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors

While I think there is potential with that argument, it just didn’t fit with the rest of the book and dragged on for too long. Feb 17, Daniel Aguilar rated it it was amazing Shelves: We are but an evolutionary pup, whose capacity even for pollution is dwarfed by that of Archean microorganisms.

Microcosmos is an entertaining and enlightening, if sometimes exasperating, introduction to the ideas of one of our generation’s most innovative and challenging thinkers. Despite that, it was a fantastic read. This nargulis an amazing story, and one that was just margilis understood when I took biology in high school in the late s.

Oct 24, Jenny Wehinger rated it it was amazing. Through a variety of chemical interactions, these complex molecules combined together to form bacterial cells — groups of molecules contained within microcosmks membrane that separated “self” from “non-self” for the first time. He was quite successful academically, but hated the lab job he obtained, so he’s returned to music and programming, but his interest in biology has abided.