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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life Kindle Edition
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE
Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It's an entire world, a colony full of life.
In other words, you contain multitudes.
They sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.
In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.
You'll never think about your mind, body or preferences in the same way again.
'Super-interesting... He just keeps imparting one surprising, fascinating insight after the next. I Contain Multitudes is science journalism at its best' Bill Gates
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2017
[A] marvellous, thrilling and richly annotated book… I call it marvellous: everything about the microbial world is to be marvelled at. And it is a page-turner in a very old-fashioned sense. All life is here, and death too, and sex and violence, including deviations of which you had never dreamed ... We have an inner life, in every sense, and are the richer for it: richer still for this witty and compelling book. -- Tim Radford ― Guardian
Beyond fascinating. An amazing book. It'll change the way you think about the world. It'll change who you think you are. -- Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk
Momentous ... an essential read -- Bryan Appleyard ― Sunday Times
I Contain Multitudes makes the importance of popularising science…sparklingly clear... From his vibrant introduction to his witty endnotes, Yong’s expertise and narration hold no less wonder than a sacred text. -- Kate Womersley ― Spectator --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Ed Yong is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist who reports for The Atlantic. His work has also featured in National Geographic, the New Yorker, Wired, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, and many other publications. His first book, I Contain Multitudes, was a New York Times bestseller, and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize. Ed's TED talk on mind-controlling parasites has been watched by over 1.5 million people.
You can find him on Twitter at @edyong209
- ASIN : B019CGXTDM
- Publisher : Vintage Digital; 1st edition (1 September 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 16553 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 373 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #113,734 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For those who are new to the subject, it is an interesting read. There are a lot of things like FMT (RePOOPulate in particular made me LOL), probiotic enzymes, dysbiosis, Horizontal Gene Transfer etc. that were fun to read. The writing is simple and easily digestible. There is however, a certain repetitiveness in terms of the pattern of the information. I was already sold on the idea that microbes are all pervading and influencing and then it seemed as though he spent 200 pages convincing me when I already was. As much as he tries to put a novel spin on things, it does frequently boil down to 'strange situation being explained by undiscovered bacterium who is discovered by XYZ'. I don't say this in a snarky tone since it is something that is inevitable perhaps, in explaining such a topic.
Nevertheless, it makes for a decent read. Slightly slow in places. But you don't feel like putting it down, despite the slump. So for anyone with a passing interest in microbiology, you can certainly pick this book.
The book offers hope that there can be a future where our maladies will be treatable by a ‘la carte of microbes’ in the form of probiotics.
By Muhammed nameer on 27 December 2020
Top reviews from other countries
The complexities of the performance of drugs and illnesses relating to the bacteria present in the gut are fascinating. Wolbachia features in the book prominently. In parts the book really gripped me.
Yet, as a whole the book didn’t really grasp my attention, primarily as I found there to be little holding the chapters together despite the common theme. The book seems to be a bit of a brain dump of all the things Ed Yong has covered in the past. While there are many interesting snippets, most are lost and are sure to be forgotten. It seems like the chapters are almost seperate articles in themselves at times.
The book is informative and intelligent but the lack of connectivity and a sense of a story made it a bit of a drag.
The scientists who study these microbes are changing the world as we know it and, hopefully, many diseases will be eliminated in the process.
This is a book full of delight and wonder and full of hope for the future of the planet and its inhabitants. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in what makes us tick.