The Invisible Kingdom: From the Tips of Our Fingers to the Tops of Our Trash, Inside the Curious World of Microbes

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ReadHowYouWant.com, May 21, 2010 - 276 pages
With the wit of Bill Bryson and the spirit of Natalie Angier, Idan Ben- Barak takes us on a fantastic voyage into the infinitesimal world of microbiology. In The Invisible Kingdom, he introduces us to the amazing lives and workings of genes, proteins, bacteria, and viruses, and the ways in which they interact to shape life on Earth. Exploring everything from radioactive waste and insect sex-change operations to the inner workings of antibiotics, Ben-Barak reveals how important these tiny critters are to all of us. He brings this largely unseen world to life with refreshing analogies and metaphors: cells ''pop like bubbles'' and bacteria ''dream of rain.'' On the journey, we learn about the teamwork required to rot human teeth, the origins of diseases, what really goes on inside cow stomachs, and the ways in which microbes benefit human life. An infectious and informative scientific exploration, The Invisible Kingdom will change the way we see the world around us.
 

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User Review  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

Fascinating subject that most are oblivious to. I was disappointed though. The author went out of his way to be clever and witty in his presentation but I felt it fell short of the mark on intererst, got a bit technical, and at times almost boring. Read full review

Contents

Bugs on Display
1
Bugs on the Map
18
Bugs on the Move
42
Bugs on the Sly
69
Bugs on Us
108
Bugs on the Job
149
Bugs on Reflection
176
Bugs Encore
208
EPILOGUE
239
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
242
GLOSSARY
245
FURTHER READING
255
Front Cover Flap
260
Back Cover Flap
261
Back Cover Material
262
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Idan Ben-Barak is an author. His first book, Small Wonders: how microbes rule our world, won the 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F (Science Books and Films) Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult category. His book, Why Aren't We Dead Yet, made the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2015 shortlist. Do Not Lick this Book was published in May 2017. It won the 2018 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.

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