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From the blurb: "Beginning in Hooke's room in Gresham College, London, Martin Brasier's account of cells and the origin of complex life takes us to coral reefs and mangroves in the Caribbean, the Sphinx in Egypt, the shores of Lake Superior and the Australian outback. Brasier's lively storytelling captures the trials and joys of fieldwork for the paleobiologist. He recounts the insights of key scientists on early cellular life, the emerging picture today; and what symbiosis can tell us about eco-systems and their responses to stress - a highly topical issue. Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, Condition: Brand New.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 05, Nikki rated it it was ok Shelves: history , science-fact , non-fiction. This is a definite disappointment. It's written in an accessible, lively way, which means it could be quite absorbing -- but I'm unsure about the author's choice of how to bring across the ideas contained herein like starting with a reimagining of a dinner party held by Darwin , and about the author's ability to do research, since he regurgitates commonly "known" facts that are actually apocryphal stories, like the erroneous idea that 'Ring a Ring of Roses' was a nursery song that is actually a This is a definite disappointment.
It's written in an accessible, lively way, which means it could be quite absorbing -- but I'm unsure about the author's choice of how to bring across the ideas contained herein like starting with a reimagining of a dinner party held by Darwin , and about the author's ability to do research, since he regurgitates commonly "known" facts that are actually apocryphal stories, like the erroneous idea that 'Ring a Ring of Roses' was a nursery song that is actually about the plague, or that Jeremy Bentham's preserved corpse attends meetings, recorded as 'present but not voting'.
Given that, while the fact that this is an Oxford University Press book and the author may well be good at science and an entertaining narrative may be somewhat reassuring, I'm just going to give up on this one already.
Secret Chambers: the Inside Story of Cells and Complex Life.
It's far too popularised for me, even as a relative layperson. A really good popscience book on the evolution of the complex cell, complete with nucleus, mitochondria and chloroplasts, from the humble bacterium.
I did expect a more paleontological book focusing on fossil evidence, and on that front I was disappointed just a little book. There is fossil evidence in the last couple of chapters, and that is very interesting, but the main part of the book is taken up by an exploration of the dilemma's faced by early scientists, the nature of symbiosis on cora A really good popscience book on the evolution of the complex cell, complete with nucleus, mitochondria and chloroplasts, from the humble bacterium.
There is fossil evidence in the last couple of chapters, and that is very interesting, but the main part of the book is taken up by an exploration of the dilemma's faced by early scientists, the nature of symbiosis on coral reefs and lichens Beatrix Potter studied lichen , the evolution of the fascinating single celled foraminera that are supposed to have given rise to the Art Nouveau, fascinating! All winningly described, and it all turned out to be working towards an intrigueing thesis, which is that a period that is called 'the boring billion', the years between en million years ago, characterised by a lack of mass extinctions, was essential for the appearance of complex cells and thus for us , as only in that long a time span, a symbiosis can lead to a new animal genes of the symbiont taken over by the host - because the ecosystem had to be very efficient due to lack of nutrients, and no extinctions during which symbionts are expelled.
In the years since then circumstances lead to multicellular life, cooperation, but not to new organelles. Very fascinating to read and speculate about, and the author couples his exploration of the deep past with an environmentalist concern as the rising temperature levels now are also what lead to earlier mass extinctions , and speculation about other planets and other finds.
Also illustrated with clear illustrations and photographs. I would have liked more about the fossil finds from the earlier cells, but well, I'm free to read more about this subject, am I not? Mar 09, Stephen Palmer rated it liked it Shelves: science. Good book with interesting stuff to say, but too much time spent waffling on about friends, locations, ships and stuff. Get to the science bit! But the science bits were very good, especially in the latter third of the book. Jun 11, Randi rated it liked it Shelves: iflscience. You'll have to get an issue of the NABT magazine to read my review May 17, Mills College Library added it.
Brasier puts the big questions into context through lively descriptions of his explorations around the world, from the Caribbean Sea and the Egyptian pyramids, to the shores of the great lakes in Canada, andto the reefs and deserts of Australia. Covering the period from 1 to 2 billion years ago - a period he once dubbed 'the boring billion' - he demonstrates how it in fact involved great evolutionary potential with the formation of the complex eukaryotic cell. Without this cell there would be nothing on Earth today except bacteria, and the formation of this cell was a fundamental turning point in the history of life on Earth.