Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth
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This richly illustrated
book to accompany the PBS science documentary Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life
on Earth combines vivid, descriptive images from the series and
original artwork with the compelling story of the world of microbes and their
role in the Earth's ecosystem. The authors have built upon the series content to
offer a more comprehensive view of our relationship with the planet's tiniest
to a general audience, the book's lively style will engage parents and their
children and teachers and their students, along with other members of the
science-interested public, putting the vitally important role of the microbial
world into stories and terms familiar to the reader.
Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth was selected for inclusion on the 2001 Best Books for the Teen Age List by the New York Public Library and as an Editor’s Choice in Life Sciences by Science Books and Films.
Acclaim for Intimate Strangers
oh so rarely has science been explained to the public with such zestful clarity.
Not since Paul de Kruif's "Microbe Hunters" has anyone produced as
exciting an exposition of how microbes and humans interact. The writers flavor
the text with titillating examples, evocative metaphors, and thought-provoking
questions. This book constitutes a passport to a whole wondrous realm, not just
a single destination.”
engaging overview of the role of microorganisms in the Earth’s ecosystem.”
cornucopia of exciting facts and anecdotes, of scientific information and modern
research. Vastly informative—and
plenty of fun.”
Book Reader, Spring/Summer 2000
style, illustrations and readability make it a joy.
It fills a niche well and provides an inviting avenue through which
teenagers and adults can learn about microbes and become acquainted with their
activities and their effects on humans and the biosphere.”
American Biology Teacher, September 2000