I Contain Multitudes is an enjoyable and informative book that takes a look at how microbes live, where microbes live and their interactions with other species, including humans. This book contains many interesting scientific findings and microbial interactions - such as worms that don't have a mouth and don't need to eat; parasitic wasps with antibiotic antennae goo; viruses inside bacteria inside a bug; bacteria that influence which bugs get to breed; the effects of your microbial ecosystem in sickness and in health; as well as a whole lot of other fascinating stuff.
The author has a personable writing style without turning into a semi-biography. He manages to explain scientific concepts without simplifying them too much or bogging the reader down with technical terminology. The beginning of the book is a bit disjointed in terms of story telling, but then gets better as the author goes along. I do wish Ed Yong had included more details about some of the topics discussed, but that was probably out of the scope for a popular science book like this.
Other Recommended Books about Microbes:
- March of the Microbes: Sighting the Unseen by John L. Ingraham
- The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health by David R. Montgomery
- Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer
- The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today by Rob Dunn
- This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society by Kathleen McAuliffe
- Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry by Christie Wilcox
- The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise Of Drug-Resistant Bacteria by Michael Shnayerson, Mark J. Plotkin
- Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA by Maryn McKenna
- Spillover: Emerging Diseases, Animal Hosts, and the Future of Human Health by David Quammen