What is Sex?

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Simon & Schuster Editions, 1997 - Social Science - 256 pages
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In What Is Sex? Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan show the thermodynamic background of sex and tell the story of sex's evolution on a seasonally changing Earth, in an energy-steeped cosmos. A sequel to their illustrated What Is Life? What Is Sex? is a cosmic, biological, and philosophical investigation, one which uses science to cut through misconceptions, both popular and scientific, to portray sexuality and its history with the clarity and poetry it deserves.

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The title is sure to titillate, but leading biologist Margulis and her award-winning collaborator son are all business in this billion-year survey of sex. Read full review



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Lynn Margulis was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 5, 1938. She graduated from the University of Chicago at the age of 18. She received a master's degree in genetics and zoology from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught for 22 years at Boston University before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1988. She was best known for her theory of species evolution by symbiogensis. The manuscript in which she first presented her findings was published in 1967 by the Journal of Theoretical Biology. An expanded version, with additional evidence to support the theory, became her first book entitled Origin of Eukaryotic Cells. Her other works include Symbiosis in Cell Evolution, Luminous Fish: Tales of Science and Love, Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature, and Mind, Life, and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time. She died five days after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke on November 22, 2011 at the age of 73.

Eric D. Schneider served as senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and director of the National Marine Water Quality Laboratory of the Environmental Protection Agency. His work on thermodynamics--a topic he has pursued for more than twenty years--has been widely anthologized and cited. Dorion Sagan is coauthor of "Acquiring Genomes" and "Up from Dragons," Called an "unmissable modern master" of science writing by "New Scientist," Sagan has written for the "New York Times," "Natural History," and "Wired," among other publications.

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