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What Is Life? by Lynn Margulis
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What Is Life?

by Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan

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Un libro particularmente bueno de divulgación científica, en este caso de biología. Margulis (que descubrió los mecanismos de simbiogenésis en microbiología) y Sagan se centran en la célula y su carácter autopoietico (de regeneración y supervivencia), y dejan de lado la obsesión por el ADN que suele caracterizar a neodarwinistas del estilo de Dawkins. Recorren los cinco reinos de la vida, y muestran la íntima interdependencia y hasta simbiósis entre los organismos vivos y el mundo mineral. Fundamentan el concepto de biosfera, de noosfera y aportan el contexto científico que permite hablar de la tierra, Gaia, como un organismo vivo. Una lectura que va, sin sobresaltos, del microscopio a las cuestiones esenciales de la vida. ( )
1 vote aboina | Nov 18, 2010 |
Margulis is a first rate biologist, but this book falls far short of my expectations. It seems like she received an invitation to write book and put this one hastily together. It jumps from one thing to another, it is sloppy and has no clear thread. Also it is a bit too esoteric for my taste - not enough meat for a serious science lover. But I'm still reading it at the moment (May,08), maybe it'll get better. The first three chapters are definitely weak... ( )
  yapete | May 31, 2008 |
The best book I have rad on Evolution and Origin of life. ( )
  hnn | Feb 2, 2008 |
Biologist Margulis was the first of Carl Sagan's three wives, and arguably had a more dazzling research career than he. This coffee-table survey book is often cited in bibliographies.
  fpagan | Jan 11, 2007 |
Exhilarating and beautifully illustrated tour through ecology, systems biology and evolution, giving due regard to our microbiological ancestry, and updating our sense of what it means to be alive and to be human. ( )
  stancarey | Oct 7, 2006 |
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Half a century ago, before the discovery of DNA, the Austrian physicist and philosopher Erwin Schrödinger inspired a generation of scientists by rephrasing the fascinating philosophical question: What is life? Using their expansive understanding of recent science to wonderful effect, acclaimed authors Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan revisit this timeless question in a fast-moving, wide-ranging narrative that combines rigorous science with philosophy, history, and poetry. The authors move deftly across a dazzling array of topics--from the dynamics of the bacterial realm, to the connection between sex and death, to theories of spirit and matter. They delve into the origins of life, offering the startling suggestion that life--not just human life--is free to act and has played an unexpectedly large part in its own evolution. Transcending the various formal concepts of life, this captivating book offers a unique overview of life's history, essences, and future.
Supplementing the text are stunning illustrations that range from the smallest known organism (Mycoplasma bacteria) to the largest (the biosphere itself). Creatures both strange and familiar enhance the pages of What Is Life? Their existence prompts readers to reconsider preconceptions not only about life but also about their own part in it.

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Half a century ago, before the discovery of DNA, the Austrian physicist and philosopher Erwin Schrödinger inspired a generation of scientists by rephrasing the fascinating philosophical question: What is life? Using their expansive understanding of recent science to wonderful effect, acclaimed authors Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan revisit this timeless question in a fast-moving, wide-ranging narrative that combines rigorous science with philosophy, history, and poetry. The authors move deftly across a dazzling array of topics--from the dynamics of the bacterial realm, to the connection between sex and death, to theories of spirit and matter. They delve into the origins of life, offering the startling suggestion that life--not just human life--is free to act and has played an unexpectedly large part in its own evolution. Transcending the various formal concepts of life, this captivating book offers a unique overview of life's history, essences, and future. Supplementing the text are stunning illustrations that range from the smallest known organism (Mycoplasma bacteria) to the largest (the biosphere itself). Creatures both strange and familiar enhance the pages of What Is Life? Their existence prompts readers to reconsider preconceptions not only about life but also about their own part in it.… (more)

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