Every Living Thing: Man's Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys
Biologists and laypeople alike have repeatedly claimed victory over life. A thousand years ago we thought we knew almost everything; a hundred years ago, too. But even today, Rob Dunn argues, discoveries we can't yet imagine still await.
In a series of vivid portraits of single-minded scientists, Dunn traces the history of human discovery, from the establishment of classification in the eighteenth century to today's attempts to find life in space. The narrative telescopes from a scientist's attempt to find one single thing (a rare ant-emulating beetle species) to another scientist's attempt to find everything in a small patch of jungle in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. With poetry and humor, Dunn reminds readers how tough and exhilarating it is to study the natural world, and why it matters.
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Review: Every Living Thing: Man's Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New MonkeysUser Review - Scott - Goodreads
NC State Prof. writes book just for me. Loved reading the backstories of scientists I teach about each year. Taxonomy is my favorite branch of biology so this was a real page turner for me. Read full review