At Home in the Universe by Stuart A. Kauffman Symbiotic Planet by Lynn Margulis How the Leopard Changed Its Spots by Brian Goodwin The Rainbow And The. Symbiotic Planet: How Life Evolved Through Cooperation. Lynn Margulis, Author Basic Books $23 (p) ISBN Lynn Margulis was an American evolutionary theorist and biologist, science author, educator, and popularizer, and was the primary modern proponent for the significance of symbiosis in evolution. Historian Jan Sapp has said that “Lynn Margulis’s name is as synonymous with symbiosis as Charles . In her book Symbiotic Planet, Margulis explored the relationship.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Symbiotic Planet by Lynn Margulis. Most remarkably, The Origin of Species said very little about, of all things, the origins of species. Darwin and his modern successors have shown very convincingly how inherited variations sumbiotic naturally selected, but they leave unanswered how variant organisms come to be in the first place.

In Symbiotic Planet, renowned scientist Lynn Margulis shows that symbiosis, which simply means members of different species living in physical contact with each other, is crucial to the origins of evolutionary novelty.

Sex—and its inevitable corollary, death—arose when failed attempts at cannibalism resulted in seasonally repeated mergers of some of our tiniest ancestors.

Dry land became forested only after symbioses of algae and fungi evolved into plants. Since all living things are bathed by the same waters and atmosphere, all the inhabitants of Earth belong to a symbiotic union. Written with enthusiasm and authority, this is a book that could change the way you view our living Earth. Paperbackpages. Published October 8th by Basic Books margylis published October 8th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Symbiotic Planetplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. If we care to, we can find symbiosis everywhere.

Lynn Margulis

Physical contact is a non-negotiable requisite for many differing kinds of life. What this book is not: A straightforward account of the science of evolutionary biology in the late 20th century; nor is it a textbook approach; nor planeet it even a journalistic, popular science approach.

What this book is: An account of one woma If we care to, we can find symbiosis everywhere. But really, the book stmbiotic have been titled Evolution — A Personal View.

These statements are not meant as criticisms at all. Lynn Margulis was an American evolutionary biologist and bacteriologist, with advanced degrees in zoology and genetics. She taught at Brandeis, Boston Univ. The chapter starts with her thirteenth year, and covers mainly the period from that time to the late s. It has 24 pages of text. So you see, it could be something of a spoiler. Margulis, a crystallographer, in She had as yet never been enrolled there, it seems.

First deciding to run away from home, then ,argulis that without money and with winter coming on, this was impractical, she played things by ear. In the magulis year, in February, she leaves the lab school, and enrolls herself in the ninth grade at Hyde Park High School, concocting a story in the forms she fills out.


For some twelve weeks I simply went to all my assigned classes … My parents, of course, had no reason to think I was not in the lab school … on a daily basis and I had no reason to disabuse them.

Finally her dad, helping out, proposed that they request she be given the tests that a newly arrived foreign student would take for proper placement.

She easily passes the ninth grade tests. I won the battle. I was permitted to complete ninth grade at Hyde Park, where I enjoyed a far wider choice of boyfriends … But Plaent lost the war. When, in the spring ofI finally left the urban racial misery of Hyde Park to attend The College as the U of C was called, even though they accepted students at a very early age I was primed, after a two-year lapse, to become a fine student again.

Back where I belonged, according to my anxious parents, I was poised to meet the very best of handsome, smart, and eligible young men. The Sagan years followed. My father hated his arrogance and my mother was always suspicious of his self-centered character. The degree she has earned at nineteen is a BA with no major.


Pregnant and sleepy in class. Holding the infant in one arm … she stirs the pot with the other, while she watches the toddler.

These multiple pressures were not then, nor are they now, wished away by political will and feminist rhetoric. What this woman needs is more hours in the day. She relates how she became interested in cytoplasmic outside the cell nucleus genetics, and comments on how times have changed. Symbiogenesis, now three decades later, is converting cytoplasmic genetics from a marginal subject to a central one in gene studies.

In both plants and animals some cell genetic factors are dispersed. Hans Spemann, August Weismann, G. As taught in Nat Sci 2, science was a liberal art, a way of knowing. We were taught how, through science, we could go about answering important philosophical questions.

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Margulis realized that Evolution is simply all of history. Again, a jump back. Even as an undergraduate I sensed that something was too pat, too reductionistic, too limiting about the idea that genes in the nucleus determine all the characteristics of plants or animals.

InMargulis moves to Berkeley. Enrolled in the department of genetics for her PhD, 22 years old, mother of two still married. She complains of the symbiotc lack of mutual interest between the departments of paleontology, where evolution was studied, and genetics, where evolution margulix barely mentioned.

Each department seemed oblivious of people and subject matter beyond its borders. What Tracy Sonneborn and his French colleague Jannine Beisson had discovered seemed grossly to contradict the ubiquitous dogma that induced characteristics cannot be inherited.

In this climate my interest in the patterns of cell inheritance was antisocial. What preoccupied me most was irrelevant to my instructors and most of my fellow students. She pored over old but brilliant work of different researchers in various fields: These disparate sources of information substantiated my hunch: Bacterianot naked genes, did reside outside the nucleus but inside the cells of many protists, yeasts, and even plants and animals plane At least three classes of membrane-bounded organelles plastids, mitochondria, ciliaall outside the nucleus, resembled bacteria in their behavior and metabolism.


My students and I still work on the central idea: Two years later, well into my second marriage and pregnant with my daughter Jenniferobliged to stay home for extended periods, she is permitted uninterrupted thought.

The paper has grown into a book length manuscript. I typed late into many nights … was given no compensation for the many illustrations I commissioned.

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Mailed off to Academic Press, the publisher who held the contract, the receipt of the box is not acknowledged; wait … wait … about five months later, my box, without explanation, sent by surface book rate, reappeared at my mail box.

Much later I was informed, not even by the editor, that extremely negative peer review had led Academic Press to hold the manuscript for months.

From the press finally I received a form letter of rejection. No explanation, in fact not even a personal letter. More than a year later, after far more painful and far longer labor than Jenny ever caused me, the book finally was nicely edited, produced, and published in by Yale University Press.

In some sense it could even be paradigm-toppling? The reason, of course, is that it appears to me the book is really about Lynn Margulis, and I wanted to let her tell her own story.

She goes out of her way at places, to say that many disagree with her, that she might be wrong. This is very unusual I would think. Nevertheless, it is hard, particularly if, like me, you are ignorant about biology, to know what parts are contentious, and what are not.

Lynn Margulis — her life in science What did Margulis contribute to evolutionary biology? Indeed it has been, and In many places in this book she specifically mentions earlier scientists whose forgotten research and theories inspired her. See this section of her Wiki entry for what appears to be a balanced view of her contributions https: Mainly I just monitor the findings.

No one can do it—something has to go. And proud of it. Some say I only collect relevant work and unfairly ignore contradictory data. These accusations may be correct. She liked to shock people. To many, especially young women, she must have been inspirational. View all 13 comments. Jun 01, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: The work presents a concise explanation of the author’s Serial Endosymbiosis Theory SETwhich she regards as the key to speciation.

She’s probably correct for the most part. I appreciated her explanation of the historical taxonomical development of the kingdoms among which the various forms of life are distributed, although said explanation would have been appreciated even more had it appeared earlier in the book.