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Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  8 reviews
At the crossroads of philosophy and science, the sometimes-dry topics of evolution and ecology come alive in this collection of essays. Readers will learn how technology may be a sort of second nature, how the systemic human fungus Candida albicans can lead to cravings for carrot cake and beer, and more.
Paperback, 259 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Weak and labored, academically lilting and a bit trite with argument. The mother-son writing team experiments with novelty, but it reads as a loaded gimmick and doesn't add much to the material (as in the circular passage that simply begins in the middle of a sentence that can serve as a continuous read from the incomplete terminating sentence). Not without merit, but I don't think much meaning would be lost with a well-paced skim of this.

As an aside, it's a serious flaw that Sagan and Margulis
The chapters by lynn get 4-5 stars. Writing with Dorion was a huge mistake. Motherly love is great but makes for bad science. His chapters deserve between and 3 stars. By far, his best chapter was the final one co-authored with Eric Schneider.

Even with Dorion's terrible writing style and far too sensational manner, the chapters by Lynn are spectacular enough to make this book a must read.

Note; My dislike of Dorion might be influenced by his severe daddy issues (Carl Sagan is his father), outli
Keri Dodson
I was recommended this book by a friend. Being a predominantly fiction reader, this was a stretch. It took me several sittings spaced over several weeks to complete it, but I found myself re-reading certain sections. There was fascinating theory that I found extremely interesting; however, the deeper science information was way above normal people's realm of understanding.
Actually, it is written by Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis. It is a fascinating book about science. Some of their ideas were amazing, such as the one about the brain developing because of bacteria.
Thought-provoking essays on how micro-nature relates to macro-nature, evolution and the interwoven marvelousness of the world.
John Vibber
Margulus was a remarkable biologist and this, her last book, clearly demonstrates her bold originality.
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This was the most inspiring science book I have ever read. Combining mystery with knowledge and creativity.
Five stars for every chapter written by Lynn, three for those written by Dorion, and four for the duo.
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Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) was a Professor of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
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