The Amoeba in the Room: Lives of the Microbes
May 29, 2014
In The Amoeba in the Room, Nicholas Money, author and professor of botany at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, explores the extraordinary breadth of the microbial world and the vast swathes of biological diversity that can be detected only by using molecular methods. Although biologists have achieved a remarkable level of understanding about the way multicellular organisms operate, Money shows that most continue to ignore the the fact that most life is actually classified as neither plant nor animal.
As Money explains, significant new discoveries about the composition of the biosphere are revealing that the sciences have failed to comprehend the full spectrum of life on earth, which is far more diverse than previously imagined. Money considers this diversity in all its forms, exploring environments from the backyard pond to the ocean floor to the mobile ecosystem of our own bodies.
Money is the author of more than seventy peer-reviewed papers on fungal biology and has authored four books, including, Mr. Bloomfield’s Orchard, The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists, and Mushroom, which was described by Nature magazine as a “brilliant scientific and cultural exploration” of his research subject.