At Home in the Universe by Stuart A. Kauffman Symbiotic Planet by Lynn Margulis How the Leopard Changed Its Spots by Brian Goodwin The Rainbow And The. Symbiotic Planet: How Life Evolved Through Cooperation. Lynn Margulis, Author Basic Books $23 (p) ISBN Lynn Margulis was an American evolutionary theorist and biologist, science author, educator, and popularizer, and was the primary modern proponent for the significance of symbiosis in evolution. Historian Jan Sapp has said that “Lynn Margulis’s name is as synonymous with symbiosis as Charles . In her book Symbiotic Planet, Margulis explored the relationship.

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Most of these faults must be laid at the door of an editor was there one? It seems to hold better explanatory power for why populations tend to remain stable.

She writes well and supports her ideas with specificity and exuberance. Before she could complete her dissertation, she was offered research associateship and then lecturership at Brandeis University in Massachusetts in Lynn Margulis — her life in science What did Margulis contribute to evolutionary biology? It seems that the best she could do was to try to relate this idea of symbiosis to the rather unpopular Gaia Theory.


And proud of it. Dry land mzrgulis forested only after symbioses of algae and fungi evolved into plants. Margulis describes her efforts to reshape taxonomy of lower life to reflect the evolution of life. I appreciated her explanation of the historical taxonomical development of the kingdoms among which the various forms of life are distributed, although said explanation would have been appreciated even more had it appeared earlier in the book.


American Journal of Botany. Jun 29, Galen Weitkamp rated it liked it. I’m confused zymbiotic a review that describes this book as concise, because I found it to be anything but. These bacteria then merged with photosynthetic cyanobacteria, to form the ancestors of plants – the cyanobacteria becoming chloroplasts.

Oct 20, Bill Leach rated it really liked it. Ferguson, University of Colorado – Denver. The Life and Legacy of a Symbiotlc Rebelcommentators again and again depict her as a modern embodiment of the “scientific rebel”, [5] akin to Freeman Dyson ‘s essay, The Scientist as Rebela tradition Dyson saw embodied in Benjamin Franklinand which he believed to be essential to good science.

There was a problem adding your email address. The Scientist lymn Rebel. It is an emergent property of interaction among organisms, the spherical planet on which they reside, and an energy source, Margulis strives in this short book to connect the idea of Gaia with her symbiotic theory of evolution and does so quite convincingly to my mind. I started it believing I am going to read something scientific about symbiosis, but it was nothing like that.

Nov 20, Kat Tan-a rated it it was amazing. The very cells we’re made of started as symbiotic unions of different kinds of bacteria.

Lynn Margulis – Wikipedia

Will try other books from the author. She was best known for her theory of species evolution by symbiogensis. No one can do it—something has to go. The standard author abbreviation Margulis is used to indicate this individual as the author when citing a zoological name.

Not much on symbiosis or planetary symbiosis and Gaia. Instead, she waits for someone to prove it for herself. Williamsand John Maynard Smith. Schawlow Ed Stone Steven Weinberg There are so many parts of her personal life combined in between how she evolved to her theory, that becomes tiring.


When I found that she was the ex-wife of one of my favourite physicists, Carl Sagan, I decided that I wanted to learn more about her and came across the Symbiotic Planet. InMargulis moves to Berkeley. May Berenbaum Bruce Alberts My library Help Advanced Book Search. Margulis describes an eco-system as the smallest unit that recycles the biologically important elements. In Symbiotic Planet, renowned scientist Lynn Margulis shows that symbiosis, which simply means members of different species living in physical contact with each other, is crucial to the origins of evolutionary novelty.

Could have more info and detail on symbiogenesis. Her forays into the future, not so much. Oxygen, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, ammonia—more than thirty different gases are given off by the bacteria whose evolutionary history I was keen to reconstruct.

Margulis married astronomer Carl Sagan in soon after she got her bachelor’s degree. Leonard Kleinrock Andrew J. I look forward to reading them. Terman Wernher von Braun While talking of details, she often forgets what she was talking about, and sometimes does not even return to the main points at all.