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Colbert, Microbes: A Love Affair

I would love to introduce him to a certain resident of his gut. (Hat tip: Tree of Life)

Blogs are abuzz with the news that E. coli can solve classic math puzzles like the Burnt Pancake Puzzle. The paper itself is available for free here. Judging from the Frankensteinian anxiety this news seems to be triggering, people must think that life is normally not capable of the logic that we’re familiar with in…

Had another author told me his publisher was sending me a copy of a book on Escherichia coli, I would have been perhaps quietly unenthusiastic. But best selling science writer Carl Zimmer is a master story teller and superb researcher. He’s also renowned for effortlessly slipping a giant payload of scientific knowledge into the reader,…

On the Microbial Road

Blogging briefly from Chicago. Today’s talk at the Field Museum went well–I managed to lure a fair number of people inside from a beautiful spring afternoon to hear me talk about a gut germ. I also had a chance to walk through the fabulous Shedd Aquarium. The Field Museum has an acquarium of its own–filled…

The New York Sun has a positive review of Microcosm today, and part of me just wants to point you in its direction, let you read about the book’s “ecstatically reflective moments,” and leave it at that. But there’s one puzzling passage that makes me wonder if some printer bent on mischief swapped my page…

I’m heading to Boston on Friday to speak at the Harvard Book Store about Microcosm. It’s at 7 pm, and it’s free. Information is here. Then it’s on to Chicago, where I’ll be talking at the Field Museum on Saturday at 2. Here are the details. I hope some Loom readers can make it! (For…

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of George Johnson’s writing about science. He has always kept focus on the deep mysteries of existence, even while writing in a deliciously clear style. So it was a real pleasure to talk to him on bloggingheads.tv about my own book, Microcosm. Even though we…

From the new issue: “It is a powerful account of the dynamic, complicated and social world we share with this ordinary yet remarkable bug. Evolution and genetics glitter among the pages, as do the lives and experiments of the scientists who have studied them. Microcosm is exciting, original and wholly persuasive of the beauty and…

I’ll be talking on Coast to Coast at a slightly less wee-hours time: 1 am on Sunday.

Just a quick note to say that, if all goes according to plan, I will be appearing on the Internets on bloggingheads tomorrow, and on the radio show Coast-to-Coast in the wee hours of Saturday night/Sunday morning. In both cases I’ll be talking about–you guessed it–Microcosm. I’ll be swilling coffee Saturday night because I’ll be…