The Story of Life in 10 1/2 Species

The Story of Life in 10 1/2 Species

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, science-nonfiction, 2020s, non-biography, reviewed, Nonfiction, Science, Animals

Souvenirs of the planet: Ten (and a half) life forms, each of which explains a key aspect of life on Earth.If an alien visitor were to collect ten souvenir life forms to represent life on earth, which would they be? This is the thought-provoking premise of Marianne Taylor's The Story of Life in 10 and a Half Species. Each life forms explains a key aspect about life on Earth. From the sponge that seems to be a plant but is really an animal to the almost extinct soft-shelled turtle deemed extremely unique and therefore extremely precious, these examples reveal how life itself is arranged across time and space, and how humanity increasingly dominates that vision.

Taylor, a prolific science writer, considers the chemistry of a green plant and ponders the possibility of life beyond our world; investigates the virus in an attempt to determine what a life form is; and wonders if the human--"a distinct and very dominant species with an inevitably biased view of life"-- could evolve in a new direction. She tells us that the giraffe was one species, but is now four; that the dusky seaside sparrow may be revived through "re-evolution," or cloning; explains the significance of Darwin's finch to evolution; and much more. The "half" species is artificial intelligence. Itself an experiment to understand and model life, AI is central to our future--although from the alien visitor's standpoint, unlikely to inherit the earth in the long run.

Title:The Story of Life in 10 1/2 Species
ISBN:9780262044486
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  • Bandit

    Imagine someone inviting you to be the first to sample their culinary skills and then serving you an undercooked unseasoned meal, essentially not even so much a meal as a just a slab of meat or tofu a...

  • Whisper19

    ARC received through NetGalley and MIT PresThank you I simply LOVED this book. It almost reads like a novel. As a kid, I loved biology. I'd take my older sister's textbooks and I'd read them when I di...

  • Justine

    Thanks to NetGalley and MIT Press for providing an ARC!_____________________________I asked for this book because I was intrigued: what are the ten species that could represent life on Earth? It was e...

  • Cienna Lyon

    An excellent book for people of all science reading levels. Recently published and up to date, including pandemic information. It was beautiful to look at and to read. ...

  • Unna

    ARC received through NetGalley - Thank you MIT Press5/5The Story of Life in 10 1/2 Species by Marianne Taylor is a nonfiction book that explains the key concepts of biology by rooting them in ten diff...

  • Chaitra

    It's been an age since I started reading this book, because even though it's aimed at an older audience, I ended up reading it to my son. I'm not sure if he got much out of it, but he was reading over...

  • Celestemcolon

    First thing to point out that this author has many wonderful books on similar non-fiction titles, so there will be those looking for this title in your library. The infographic styling in the book wil...

  • Tove R.

    A clever way of telling about life on our planet via 10 different species. It’s a good lesson in biology for both young adults and adults. The pictures and info graphics are both visually great and ...

  • Steve

    Great lessons in biologyI enjoyed this book. It is a unique way to learn about biology, using different species to learn specific lessons. The writing is conversational, with a sense of humor and some...

  • Grettel

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.When a very well designed infographic evolves by incorporating great amounts of scientific information, the end product is Mariann...