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Life's Engines How Microbes made the Earth Habitable (Science Essentials) By Paul G. Falkowski Life s Engines How Microbes made the Earth Habitable Science Essentials For almost four billion years microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves The stewards of Earth these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants anim
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  • Life's Engines How Microbes made the Earth Habitable (Science Essentials) By Paul G. Falkowski For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves The stewards of Earth, these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants, animals, and us Life s Engines takes readers deep into the microscopic world to explore how these marvelous creatures made life on Earth possible and how human life today wouldFor almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves The stewards of Earth, these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants, animals, and us Life s Engines takes readers deep into the microscopic world to explore how these marvelous creatures made life on Earth possible and how human life today would cease to exist without them.Paul Falkowski looks under the hood of microbes to find the engines of life, the actual working parts that do the biochemical heavy lifting for every living organism on Earth With insight and humor, he explains how these miniature engines are built and how they have been appropriated by and assembled like Lego sets within every creature that walks, swims, or flies Falkowski shows how evolution works to maintain this core machinery of life, and how we and other animals are veritable conglomerations of microbes.A vibrantly entertaining book about the microbes that support our very existence, Life s Engines will inspire wonder about these elegantly complex nanomachines that have driven life since its origin It also issues a timely warning about the dangers of tinkering with that machinery to make it efficient at meeting the ever growing demands of humans in the coming century.
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    1. This is an excellent book by an active researcher in the field of microbes There is no cloying humor in the book It is just a down to earth, well written book about microbes and their role in making life possible on this planet.And I learned a lot from the book I learned how the earliest microbes developed, and how different they were from those that are alive today The earth s atmosphere went through several evolutions as life evolved In fact, the composition of a planet s atmosphere is a key i [...]

    2. This quickly moved to the top of my favorite science booklist I am drawn to books about microbes and the origins of life Some examples of the books this topped are Nick Lane s Life Ascending I am in the process of reading The Vital Question by Lane Sean Carroll s physicist The Particle at the End of the UniverseSean Carroll s biologist Endless Forms Most Beautiful Caleb Scharf s Gravity s Engines Max Tegmark s Our Mathematical Universe Lucretius On the Nature of Things I moved slowly through thi [...]

    3. This is an accessible book, crystal clear about all the concepts it discusses It s not bad as a revision guide for me, as far as some of my cell bio concepts go it d be good for an intelligent layperson Falkowski writes with assurance, and though there were no surprises here for me, it was still an interesting read.My only qualm would be that sometimes his choice of words is a little cringy to me We don t need cell stuff I m sure all readers at this level could manage the term nutrients or prote [...]

    4. How the hell did we get here is a question fairly asked by a human Paul Falkowksi answers that question as in pertains to how we literally, physically, biologically evolved to be humans asking this question Understating history is crucial to understanding the current state of anything and Falkowski takes us all the way back to a time insanely ignored in most discussions of evolution, the 2 billion years before the first animal and plant life emerged on Earth This is the time when life began The [...]

    5. Really an excellent book For a subject that can seem a bit dry, Falkowski brings an energy and clarity of thought that is infectious It s been a while since I ve brushed up on my chemistry, so at times I struggled a bit, but overall the explanations were very very good, even for a lay person like myself I particularly liked his descriptions of cell biology, cell mechanics, nanomachines within our cells and how they were shaped by evolution One thought that stayed with me, once evolution has deve [...]

    6. An amazing look into the structure and specific makeup of microbes and how they make pickles and make up the air we breathe It gets a bit overly technical at times, but I learned way too much in the process.Audiobook Worthy The narrator is amazing, but you might get lost in the overly technical parts, so a YES for the science literate reader.

    7. This book was packed with information but may be a little too scientific for some I believe I have a basic understanding of biology but at times the content was a little difficult to grasp This may be partially due to the fact that I listened to this as an audiobook I know from my friend David s review that the print book is filled with diagrams and photographs that help give life to the text If that supplemental information was available to me, it is very likely that this would have achieved an [...]

    8. Very informative and engaging book Especially on the evolution of microbes and their planetary impact Not just the oxygen from cyanobacteria but also how the building blocks for fixing carbon photosynthesis , fixing nitrogen, and harnessing chemical energy used in mitochondria all came from microbes and have been utilized in animals and plants Oh, and it is not a dry read Good use of personal anecdotes and some humor.Microbes own this planet we are just renting.It would be helpful for the reader [...]

    9. Life s Engines is a very wide ranging little book While under 200 pages with relatively large font, it covers the discovery and initial study of microbes, situated in a broader biological and geological history of science the key mechanisms of how many important biological mechanisms work, best covering a rotor mechanism for ATP generation powered by an electrical gradient across membranes It also says a little about the electron hole trading process photosynthesis, but not in great detail the d [...]

    10. The author is very good at explaining complex concepts in easy to understand ways He starts by telling the listener that the nature of science advances by recognizing patterns and then developing tools for finding those patterns.Microbes and all life contain nano machines which get their energy from electrons or elements available from the environment and converts that into the universal currency of life, ATP, which every living organism on the planet possesses for its energy source with maybe j [...]

    11. 2.5 StarsI love biochemistry and microbes, but I didn t love this book I found it tedious and somewhat superficial, which was surprising considering the amount of interesting information contained within the pages I also did not learn as much new stuff as I had hoped, since most of the contents I have come across in other books Life s Engines would probably function better as an introductory text to the subject, but may also be too complicated for readers who know nothing about things such as el [...]

    12. This book was overwhelming to me in some parts some background in microbiology is needed but still a good read on how these lowly and unassuming microbes shaped the planet s atmosphere and oceans and set the stage for the emergence of complicated lifeforms.

    13. An amazingly understandable and thorough outline of how life works, how important microbes are, and what we re likely to find on other planets.

    14. Here are my takeaways from this rather entertaining but not so massive book 1 The microscopic machines that microbes invented are either in use by all of us or we depend upon them, all of our lives2 Horizontal gene transfer although it sounds rather racy is non sexual but still the foundation of so many critical parts of eukaryotic cells, which we ourselves use 24 7 as well3 Microbes ruled the atmosphere for billions of years on Earth Now we humans do What will this imbalance bring 4 Recombinant [...]

    15. Life s Engines was a great explanation of the basic structure, importance, and implications of microbial life on Earth for how it evolved in the past, how it has shaped the present and the rise of supposedly higher animals, and how microbes will continue to influence the future It was both detailed and educational I really liked how Falkowski pulled in information and rrsearch from many different areas of science, from archaeology to genetics, microbiology, to astrobiology Everything helped to p [...]

    16. This book hasn t gotten a lot of love it seems I think you should give it a whirl and here s why Okay so, Nick Lane is this guy s buddy and therefore, yes, a few of the chapters will go into biochemistry and be somewhat difficult to get through I definitely enjoy Nick Lane and always learn something from him, but his books stretch layman a bit There s some drawn out sections on cellular respiration and photosynthesis Still Biogeochemical cycles and oxidation are important microbial events My fav [...]

    17. Promising begining but the ending is not elaboratedThe beginning of the book is very promising It gives lot of new information for me at least about the inner working of energy production in a cell The second part of the book is not worked out that well it tries to tell lot of things but the storline is not clear to me The content would be good for a 600 pages book not for a 200 I dont really see the conclusion of the book Although for thr novel topic and the imteresting read it deserves 4 stars [...]

    18. This book is an essential read for anyone interested in exploring the origins of life For me a five star rating is reserved for those books I will definitely reread because I want to fully comprehend the technical details and the consequences of the ideas the author weaves together into an engaging narrative.

    19. An introduction for the layman to microbiology and the importances of microbes on the geochemical cycles of the elements It is a good ecological complement to all the books on the importance of microbes for human health.

    20. Pretty interesting This book walked a fine line between things I already knew, and things that were over my head in terms of info about biology and genetics The subject matter is ambitious, and this book tries its best to make the material understandable for people who are not in the sciences.

    21. Interesting journey of microbes from early very very early time and how they enabled other life forms on Earth Chemistry is often like alchemy to me, and that s what it s like for me to understand how living organisms are created and evolved Microbes were the first ones to use energy for their purpose, and geoengineer the planet Would be interesting to see how they evolve along with modern medicine and global climate changes.

    22. This is a well laid out book, with a good background on the history of how and by whom the current understanding of the changes from prokaryotic to eukaryotic life developed The explanation of how the components of a cell work is succinct and works as an introduction or a refresher The next part lost me at times, but over a period of time, I re read it, and I think I understand most of it now.This is one of the parts I still don t completely follow, but ancient sulfur isotopes indicate that atmo [...]

    23. An excellent introduction to microbiology, evolutionary history of microbes and their ecology marred only by the general tendency of the popular science books to dwell on the elementary, introductory concepts I realize that this is the price one pays to reach the widest audience, but a better organization placing introductory concepts at the beginning of the book, perhaps, rather than spreading them throughout and burying the many fascinating nuggets of information and ideas in them would have b [...]

    24. I d say this would be a solid 3.5 stars for me Intersperses layman ready chapters for readers like me with some challenging chapters usually when he gets into the genetics of the situation That stuff is still over my head but I m getting there Of course, the argument could be made that the difficult chapters are where he really gets into the heart of the microbial world, I just have no background in anything genetic related and get lost Maybe I ll revisit those chapters at a later date.

    25. Invisibili ma fondamentali per l origine e lo sviluppo della vita come la conosciamo.Da sempre sono affascinato dalle riflessioni sulle origini dell universo, dal Big Bang alla nascita del Sistema Solare, e con questo libro ho voluto proseguire in questa affascinante storia affrontando alcuni temi riguardanti l origine della vita sul nostro pianeta e la sua evoluzione della vita e del pianeta stesso ad opera di questi invisibili e instancabili lavoratori, i microbi La storia non per nulla certa [...]

    26. For a non scientist such as myself, I suppose I think about microbes than the average person This is especially so given that I am not particularly germophobic So, I am probably going to be a bit enthusiastic about this book than the average layperson Regardless, I think it was quite good.I could tell you about what it discusses, such as how archaea and prokaryotes are different How they in some ways don t really have species How lateral genetic transmission between microbes is similar to our [...]

    27. Thought this book was fine Although it is a sort of bad sign that writing this review a few weeks after I finished I can t really remember many details of the book I found a lot of scientific information to be fairly repetitive of topics that are covered, e.g in intro level college bio classes and the like or in other similar genetics biochem style pop sci books I did appreciate the chapters where the author went a little in depth into the evolution of microbes I guess my main problem with this [...]

    28. Excellent book to understand how life has evolved in the earth, how complex life has evolved from the symplest one and where the reasearch is in assessing the chances of life arising in other planets.In my oppinion, the most striking ideas of the book are the ones about how just a few genes carry the information key for the construction of the proteins in charge of performing the basic life functions energy management nourishment and duplication basically Even striking, those genes and proteins [...]

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