BOOKS KINDLE The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life author David Quammen – chiangshistory.org
Some will criticize this book because of its subtitle
a bold A radical new history of life A reviewer in the Wall Street Journal for example was a little rumpy and took pains to reiterate that Darwin s theory of natural selection safely remains the central pillar of biology thank you very muchWell OK but saying evolution by natural selection remains the central pillar of biology thank you very muchWell OK but saying evolution by natural selection sort of like saying Super Bowl via playoffs It may outline the process of competition and elimination but it doesn t tell you anything about the strategy that The Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City got the team to the Super Bowl It only diverts your attention away from all the interesting detailsWhat is just now coming to the surface arguably 20 years late is the immensely sophisticated systems that drive evolutionary change as discovered by people like Carl Woese Lynn Margulis and Barbara McClintockThe story focuses on the late Carl Woese in fact it s very nearly a full biography of the man So why should anyone care about Carl Woese And why should anyone evenive consideration to the suggestion that he was as reat a scientist as DarwinThe answer is that Woese flipped Darwin s tree of life 90 degrees in 1977 Any time someone introduces that large of a conceptual revolution to a field that person is a titan Woese showed that inheritance is a vast interconnected web and that Darwin s cherished tree metaphor has not minor but major failingsWoese showed that Horizontal Gene Transfer large sections of DNA being transferred wholesale from viruses and bacteria to other bacteria and plants and animals is a major component of evolution and in fact the history of life cannot be properly understood at all without itThis is as big of a deal to biology as uantum mechanics was to Newtonian physics It transforms the speed of evolution from millions of years to in some cases hours and minutesIt shows that organisms find very clever ways to incorporate very large chunks of code obtained from elsewhere into their physiology Who knew that a large stretch of code stolen from a retrovirus was usedmakes a bold
to build the human placentaIt changes enetics It changes disease treatment It changes British Jihadism genetic engineering and informs our use ofenebuild the human placentaIt changes Virgin Widow genetics It changes disease treatment It changesenetic engineering and informs our use of ene technologies like CRISPR It changes the whole history of evolution and alters the very definition of inheritance It even raises deep uestions about how purposeful and directional evolutionary systems actually areAt the end of the boo This is an unusual one for uammen in that it features far less travel and etting out in the field which you may or may not miss It contains his trademark levity and enjoyment of a The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, good scientific shit storm but doesn t have uite the same focus that his better works have Song of the Dodo remains hisenre bending masterpiece and Outbreak the epitome of what a Night And Day good popular science book should be It was still enjoyable but. In this New York Times bestseller and longlist nominee for the National Book Award ourreatest living chronicler of the natural world The New York Times David uammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology affect our understanding of evolution and lifes history In the mid 1970s scientists began using DNA seuences to reexamine the history of all life Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new fieldthe study of lifes diversity and relatedness at the molecular levelis horizontal Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow gene transfer HGT or the movement ofenes across species lines It turns out that HGT has been widespread. ,
Scientists past and present with strikingly personal respectful sympathetic and intelligent interviews with them their families and their colleaguesUsing this detailed research The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid gleaned over 4 years of travel study and interviews uammenuides us from
Darwin s early theories of evolution in which life branched like a tree to the latest discoveriess early theories of evolution in which life branched like a tree to the latest discoveries a appropriate analogy of The Web of Life He explains in meticulous detail how molecular biology and phylogenics have pieced
Together The Evolution Of Simple Single Cell Prokaryotes Into Complexthe evolution of simple single cell prokaryotes into complex celled eukaryotes and even suggests how the primeval chemical mix combined to form amino acids to create RNA the basis of all life on EarthAnd some of his revelations are truly stunning Such as the discovery of endosymbiosis the implications of which make us humans wonder exactly what and who we are Especially
When Learning That 8% One Twelfth Oflearning that 8% one twelfth of human Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys genome is from retrovirusesThis complex subject is explained with such clarity and enthusiasm that I could not put the book down And I didn t want to finish it I unreservedly recommend The Tangled Tree if you read and absorb this book you will know about the origins and evolution of life than 99999% of the world s population If there were than 5 stars I would award them I m not new to uammen s work His Song of the Dodo is to me one of thereat masterpieces of modern science writing and as a writer myself uammen s work is a standard to which I hope I will only one day meet It Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, goes without saying then that I came to The Tangled Tree with high expectations and I am pleased to say they have been exceeded The book is a fascinating and compelling account of our understanding of the tree of life and as the title suggests how this is much complicated and tangled than we might initially have expected In short the book tells the story of molecular phylogenetics which is a new way of reading along and tracing the tree of life It shows for instance that a sizeable percentage of the humanenome comes not from traditional inheritance but sideways through infection by virusesFor many I imagine this book might be a disappointment or pleasant surprise unlike many typical science books uammen elects to tell his science through the lives of the scientists who made the discoveries in uestion In many ways the book is as much a book on the history of science as it is on the science itself Personally and as someone who has training in both biology and in the history of science I love this particular angle uammen takes but others might value a straightforward approach That said the book is highly readable full of surprising facts and superbly written I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in life Life Changing Smiles genetics and the history of one of science s important developments in recent years Five stars. Bringing the deep study ofenome histories to bear on a lobal crisis in public health David uammen proves to be an immensely well informed uide to a complex story The Wall Street Journal In The Tangled Tree he explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of lifeincluding where we humans fit upon it Thanks to new technologies we now have the ability to alter even our enetic compositionthrough sideways insertions as nature has long been doing The Tangled Tree is a source of wonderuammen has written a deep and daring intellectual adventure The Boston Glo.
David Quammen ☆ 2 Free downloadI ot the feeling that uammen never uite found the over arching narrative that would ive the book the shape it needed and I spent a substantial period of time thinking that he was trying very hard to avoid mentioning Dawkins Selfish Gene which for all Dawkins later idiocies did provide a useful reminder avoid mentioning Dawkins Selfish Gene which for all Dawkins later idiocies did provide a useful reminder selection happens on many levels and which starts to unpick some of the claimed inconsistencies of horizontal ene transferThis review sounds negative than the book deserves It
s still very readable and full of thestill very readable and full of the surprising facts but doesn t scale the heights that uammen is capable of something that left me slightly disappointed I am tempted to Brooklyn's Song give this three star but since the biographical research is soood I m Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide giving it four I was drawn in to read this book because of the blurb which insinuated that I would be told of recent work taking us back to LUCAThis is really a book around two main themes a man Carl Woese and a field of study Horizontal Gene Transfer Itives very little technical detai lbut is primarily interested in the people involved and oes backwards and forwards in time until you ve almost lost track of what the point of it all was But the
Biographical Details Of Thedetails of the many people involved is interesting and I did et the main thrust which is that Horizontal Gene Transfer is important However it was unclear at the end as to how important this is to evolutionary theory ie is is 90% or 10% I suspect the answer is we just don t know i wonder if it relates to the ideas of punctuated euilibria that Steven Jay Gould used to support What exactly is Richard Dawkins position on it all At the moment it seems there is a lot still unknown I wanted to read the science of the evolution of life and how horizontal Family of Her Dreams gene transfer works Well there was some but there was about the people who contributed to the science I skipped some pages because I just did not want to know that a retired scientist I had never heard of ate a pizza with nothing hot in it I advised a friend not to bother with the book I would haveiven a lower star rating but some people might want the biography Clearly author David uammen has done considerable research for this book and he intends to share all the details with you If you are interested in a book that tells you he met scientist Mike Gray at a Turkish restaurant the details of Ernst Haeckel s marriage and so on then this book is for you These stories do bring out the humanity of the individuals involved However I was expecting a book with this title to be much about the new views on life and ev uammen s extraordinary book The Tangled Tree chronicles the fascinating history of our understanding of the evolution of life on Earth and especially how humans fit into it uammen s path through this history is narrated through the lives of. And important; we now know that roughly eight percent of the human Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed genome arrived sideways by viral infectiona type of HGT In The Tangled Tree therandest tale in biologyDavid uammen presents the scienceand the scientists involvedwith patience candor and flair Nature We learn about the major players such as Carl Woese the most important little known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about mosaic creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal ene transfer.