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Microbes from Hell

Patrick Forterre

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226265827
eISBN:
9780226265964
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265964.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Microbiology

The book “Microbes from Hell” is both an historical report of the discovery of hyperthermophiles and a personal recollection by the author of his own work on these microorganisms. The molecular ... More


Improvisation and Habit

Gary Peters

in Improvising Improvisation: From Out of Philosophy, Music, Dance, and Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226452623
eISBN:
9780226452760
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226452760.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter introduces the subject of habit into the discussion. Beginning with some reflections on Nietzsche's demand that we learn new habits of thinking and willing, ones that will enable us to ... More


Green Victorians: The Simple Life in John Ruskin's Lake District

Vicky "Albritton and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226339986
eISBN:
9780226340043
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226340043.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book tells the story of an extraordinary social experiment in the English Lake District at the end of the Victorian era. Here, a small group of women and men sought to forge a society based on ... More


How Life Began: Evolution's Three Geneses

Alexandre Meinesz

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226519319
eISBN:
9780226519333
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226519333.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The origin of life is a hotly debated topic. The Christian Bible states that God created the heavens and the Earth, all in about seven days roughly six thousand years ago. This episode in Genesis ... More


Introduction

Alexandre Meinesz

in How Life Began: Evolution's Three Geneses

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226519319
eISBN:
9780226519333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226519333.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This introductory chapter begins with an anecdote about the author's admiration for the paintings by Vermeer that depict Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, discoverer of microbial life. It then sets out the ... More


The Universal Tree of Life: Are Microbes from Hell Our Ancestors?

Patrick Forterre

in Microbes from Hell

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226265827
eISBN:
9780226265964
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265964.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Microbiology

The chapter starts with a history of archaeal genomic and continue discussing the impact of genomic revolution on the author’s work and on several critical evolutionary issues. Notably, comparative ... More


In Search of Cell History: The Evolution of Life's Building Blocks

Franklin M. Harold

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226174143
eISBN:
9780226174310
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226174310.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biochemistry / Molecular Biology

The discovery of how the machinery of life works, and how it is constructed, is one of the glories of 20th century science. By contrast, we know little of the origin and evolution of cells and their ... More


Ultimate Riddle: Origin of Cellular Life

Franklin M. Harold

in In Search of Cell History: The Evolution of Life's Building Blocks

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226174143
eISBN:
9780226174310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226174310.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Biochemistry / Molecular Biology

In all of biology, there is no more consequential problem than the origin of life; yet despite the expenditure of much effort and ink over the past seventy years a satisfactory answer continues to ... More


Emergence of the Eukaryotes: The Second Mystery in Cell Evolution

Franklin M. Harold

in In Search of Cell History: The Evolution of Life's Building Blocks

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226174143
eISBN:
9780226174310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226174310.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Biochemistry / Molecular Biology

The origin of eukaryotic cells is a mystery second only to the origin of life itself. The problem is that eukaryotes make up a distinctive clade, conspicuously different from prokaryotes, yet they ... More


Prologue

Patrick Forterre

in Microbes from Hell

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226265827
eISBN:
9780226265964
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265964.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Microbiology

In the prologue, the author briefly presents microbes from hell with their fancy names such as Pyrococcus abyssi, the burning shell of the abyss. These microbes became famous at the end of the last ... More


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