The Invisible Kingdom

The Invisible Kingdom

From the Tips of Our Fingers to the Tops of Our Trash, Inside the Curious World of Microbes

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780465018871
Branch Call Number: 579 BEN-BAR
Characteristics: x, 204 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ben-Barak, Idan Small wonders.


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Feb 04, 2016

This little book is humorous - sometimes in a ham fisted way - and its tone is very informal, but it does explain the microbe world in plain words with edifying metaphors; a fourteen year old can understand and enjoy this book. There is a useful glossary at the back, with a short suggested reading list, and a list of useful journals and blogs for interested readers to pursue their interest further.

Mar 26, 2014

Great book! Easy to read, funny, & short...but full of information, with a decent glossary & bibliography. It is very open-ended, with few conclusions, as science should be. If Ben-Barak writes another book, I'm on it.


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