Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live
Rob Dunn astonishes us on the first few pages when stating that we have upward of two-hundred-thousand living creatures staying with us in our homes. Lucky for us, by far the greatest majority are microscopic, and only relatively few are visible to us like spiders, flies, cockroaches, and bedbugs. Never Home Alone is a fascinating book filled with information that will continue to astonish us. With some forty pages of notes at the end of the book, it seems that this is an academic book, yet Dunn writes to the general public with good writing skill, resulting in easy reading, generously sprinkled with stories. Like, little did we suspect that the shower head above us includes a myriad of microscopic life raining down on us as we take our showers. Or that hot-tolerant microscopic creatures happily live in our hot water heaters. While sampling many houses, some eight thousand species of bacteria emerge from each. There is also an abundance of invisible life on the International Space Station. A few illustrations are included, but basically the book is text. This is good (though rather lengthy) reading for anyone interested in microbiology.
|Page Count||323 pages|
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|Category||Science & Nature|