I wanted to read the science of the evolution of life and how horizontal 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 id not
"Want To Know That A Retired Scientist I Had Never "to know that a retired scientist I had never of ate a pizza with NOTHING HOT IN IT I ADVISED A FRIEND NOT hot in it I advised a friend not bother with the book I would have given a lower star rating but some people might want the biography I m not new to uammen s work His Song of the Dodo is to me one of the great masterpieces of modern science writing and as a writer myself uammen s work is a standard to which I hope I will only one ay meet It 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 human genome comes not from traditional inheritance but sideways through infection by virusesFor many I imagine this book might be a isappointment or pleasant surprise unlike many typical science books uammen elects to tell his science through the lives of the scientists who made the The Majors Daughter 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 genetics and the history of one of science s importantevelopments in recent years Five stars I am tempted to give this three star but since the biographical research is so good I m giving it four I was Miss Shumway Waves a Wand 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 It gives very little technicaletai lbut is primarily interested in the people involved and goes backwards and forwards in time until you ve almost lost track of what the point of it all was But the biographical The Touch details of the many many people involved is interesting and Iid get the main thrust which is that Horizontal Gene Transfer is important However it was unclear at the end as to how important this is. In this New York Times bestseller and longlist nominee for the National Book Award our greatest living chronicler of the natural world The New York Times David uammen explains how recent On His Majestys Service 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 startlingiscovery to come out of this new fieldthe study of lifes iversity and relatedness at the molecular levelis horizontal gene transfer HGT or the movement of genes across species lines It turns out that HGT has been widespread.
SUMMARY è THETRIBUTEPAGES.CO.UK ´ David QuammenCe and his explanations are usually very clear although this almost seems a secondary aspect of the book It is also easy to miss some of this as one starts to skim through story after story of what a particular scientist looked like in a photograph the author had seen Further just *as the ideas get interesting we suddenly jump * the ideas get interesting we suddenly jump time often several centuries to pick up another themeI think there are at least three separate things going on in this book Each could make an interesting book but combined together make a frustrating tangle1 A biography of Carl Woese the most important little known biologist of the twentieth century who among other things identified archaea as a third kingdom of life in addition to bacteria and eukaryotes Woese a complex and ultimately bitter man is the main focus of the book and we return time and time to him ending the book with his eath2 The The Essential Good Food Guide development and recent abandonment by manyof ideas around a tree of life However his exposition of this is rather inchoate butoes Textbook of Wisdom draw in many scientists andiscoveries over the centuries that influenced the flow of thoughts about the origins and evolution of life Jumping backwards and forwards in time we meet a large number of individual scientists and each one needs some anecdotes about their life from pedophilia to skills on the trapeze He oes highlight well the amount of serendipity risk pedophilia to skills on the trapeze He oes highlight well the amount of serendipity risk mind numbing etail that goes into actual scientific advances3 The science itself As I have already said when he sticks to this uammen oes a good job of explaining some very complex ideas but I was expecting a great eal information on the science and its implications For example towards the end of the book he reports on recent research by a Dutch scientist Thijs Ettema that suggests eukaryotes which include humans evolved from archaea and were not a third limb of the tree Although controversial I would have liked a lot information on this and other ideas he identifiesIf the author s purpose was to show that scientific iscovery and advancement is as tangled as life itself then he succeeds in that but at the expense of clarity Given the obvious knowledge and writing skills of the author this is a missed opportunity to open up this area of science to a wider audience Some will criticize this book because of its subtitle makes a bold claim A radical new history of life A reviewer in the Wall Street Journal for example was a little grumpy 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 is sort of like saying Super Bowl via playoffs It may outline the process of competition and eliminati. Bringing the eep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health David uammen proves to be an immensely well informed guide 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 genetic compositionthrough sideways insertions as nature has long been oing The Tangled Tree is a source of wonderuammen has written a No One Wants You deep andaring intellectual adventure The Boston Glo. To evolutionary theory ie is is 90% or 10% I suspect the answer is we just on 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 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 scientists past and present with strikinglynarrated through the lives of scientists past and present with strikingly respectful sympathetic and intelligent interviews with them their families and their colleaguesUsing this etailed research gleaned over 4 years of travel study and interviews uammen guides us from Darwin s early theories of evolution in which life branched like a tree to the latest Penguins Poems for Life discoveries suggesting a appropriate analogy of The Web of Life He explains in meticulousetail how molecular biology and phylogenics have pieced This is an unusual one for uammen in that it features far less travel and getting out in the field which you may or may not miss It contains his trademark levity and enjoyment of a good scientific shit storm but oesn t have uite the same focus that his better works have Song of the Dodo remains his genre bending masterpiece and Outbreak the epitome of what a good popular science book should be It was still enjoyable but I got the feeling that uammen never uite found the over arching narrative that would give the book the shape it needed and I spent a substantial period of time thinking that he was trying very hard to avoid mentioning needed and I spent a substantial period of time thinking that he was trying very hard to avoid mentioning Selfish Gene which for all Dawkins later idiocies id provide a useful reminder that selection happens on many levels and which starts to unpick some of the claimed inconsistencies of horizontal gene transferThis review sounds negative than the book eserves It s still very readable and full of the usual surprising facts but oesn t scale the heights that uammen is capable of something that left me slightly Divine Beauty disappointed Clearly author David uammen hasone considerable research for this book and he intends to share all the Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone details with you If you are interested in a book that tells you he met scientist Mike Gray at a Turkish restaurant theetails of Ernst Haeckel s marriage and so on then this book is for you These stories Down to the Sea in Ships 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 evolution that have come up over the last fewecades particularly around that have come up over the last few Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, decades particularly around gene transfer HGT and the implications for human evolutionTo be fair heoes cover uite a bit of the scien. And important; we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived sideways by viral infectiona type of HGT In The Tangled Tree the grandest 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 Dog Years discovered that the scourge of antibiotic resistant bacteria is airect result of horizontal gene transfer.