In Search of Cell History: The Evolution of Life’s Building Blocks

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Within In Seach of Cell History the author deftly discusses the definition of life, successes and problems of classification of cells, how cells get and use energy, the great divergence of cell types into three loose families, cell symbionts and even tackles the ultimate riddle of where cells first came from. His approach is a classic scientific one, starting with what is known and provable then moving into theories of what is not known. He is clear to separate fact from speculation, not hesitating to state his own opinions as such and contrasting them point by point with others in the field. It is very refreshing to read about the forward edge of cell research without polemics of any kind. The talent of his writing is twofold, first; I felt a part of a conversation among the leading lights of cell research, and second; Dr. Harold has no problem stating what is not known. This is written on a college level, some grounding in cell function and structure is helpful but not absolutely necessary, there is a glossary to help with unfamiliar terms. This is a book that illustrates what scientific writing should be; precise, exciting and presenting the unknown in such a way as to inspire us to want to learn more.


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Author Franklin M. Harold
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Publish Date 2014-Oct-29
ISBN 9780226174280
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Issue January 2015
Category Science & Nature
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