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Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life by Carl Zimmer
E. coli is a bacterium with an image problem. For most people, its name is heard only in news stories about hamburger disease and contaminated spinach. However, most E. coli are harmless (or even beneficial) organisms that inhabit every human colon, and that have played a pivotal role in biological research and the biotechnology industry.

In the book Microcosm, Carl Zimmer delves into the life history of E. coli. The scope of the book is amazing, covering everything from the structure of genetic networks to the legal battles over whether intelligent design should be taught in schools. Most importantly, Zimmer accomplishes the all-too-rare feat of writing a book that is at… Read more
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Three Cups of Tea, which chronicles the founding of Greg Mortenson's Central Asia Institute, is likely the most inspiring book I have ever read. Completely aside from the great writing and adventure in this book, here is why all North Americans should read it:

The people and cultures of Pakistan and Afghanistan are presented with great sensitivity, without lapsing into the realm of moral relativism. No apologies are made for the atrocious behaviour of groups like the Taliban, which have harmed their own people immeasurably. Three Cups of Tea presents the very best and the very worst of the Muslim world in a fair manner, and outsiders can learn a lot about the region from this… Read more
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolu&hellip by Richard Dawkins
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all!, March 31 2010
I feel compelled to agree with many of the reviews already posted - evolution truly is the greatest show on earth, and Richard Dawkins does it full justice in this book. Although it's basically certain that this book will never reach the eyes of those who most need to see it (i.e. the "history-deniers"), The Greatest Show on Earth is a delightful read for biology novices and experts alike. Dawkins presents his information at a level simple enough for a layperson to understand, yet the breadth and depth of his knowledge is sure to captivate even a professional biologist. Even though I was already familiar with many of the examples he presents, the book left me with a sense of wonder for… Read more