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Microbes and Man [Paperback]

John Postgate
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28 Feb 1992 0521423554 978-0521423557 3
This fully updated and revised edition of Professor Postgate's best-selling book provides an inspiring introduction to the fascinating world of microbes and their profound influence on man and the environment we live in. Microbes are everywhere. In the air, in soil, in water, on our skin and hair, in our mouths and intestines, on and in the food we eat. They make the soil fertile; they clean up the environment; they change, often improve, our food; they make vitamins for us inside ourselves; some protect us from less desirable microbes. As 'germs', microbes are regarded as nasty, because a few can cause disease, a few can spoil food, a few can destroy valuable materials. Only when such misfortunes occur are most people conscious of microbes at all. Yet collectively, microbes present a fascinating world of invisible, or barely visible, creatures, which together encompass all the processes of which terrestrial life is capable; creatures which have had, and continue to have, profound effects on our lives and surroundings. In this book, John Postgate explains to ordinary non-scientist readers the impact this invisible community has on our everyday lives, and conveys the excitement microbes can generate in those who study them.

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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (28 Feb 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521423554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521423557
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,899,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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' … uniquely captures the essence of microbiology … should be compulsory reading for all embarking on a microbiological, or indeed biological, career.' Geoff Gadd, SGM Quarterly

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This popular account of the invisible world of microbes and their impact on humankind has now been revised and updated for a fourth time. The role of microbes in our everyday lives are discussed, as well as their role in socio-economic areas such as agriculture and biotechnology. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very accessible and useful text 10 May 2004
As a first-year microbiology undergraduate, I, like many of my peers, did not fully understand the scope of the discipline when I arrived at Leeds University. I was pointed in the direction of this book by my lecturers and demonstrators as my first module was based almost entirely on the book's content.
Postgate manages to cover all of the vital components of this broad and expanding subject in an interesting and accessible manner. His use of scientific language is sensible and ordered, explaining any uncommon phrases, which prevents having to reach for the "Dummy's Dictionary of Science" every five minutes, as is the case with many other texts on the subject.
I found this text an incredibly easy and well-presented of the basics of the subject. It has helped my understanding no end, and i would recommend it to anyone with an interest in any aspect of microbiology, whether for academic purposes or purely for curiosity's sake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to microbiology 4 Nov 2000
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Microbes and Man is a good introduction for anyone who is about to study microbiology, as it covers all the main aspects of Microbiology. It is useful for someone who has an interest in how science affects our everyday life. This book was able to teach the reader microbiology without them realising, the theory is put simply so that anyone new to the subject can understand. There is no prior knowledge to science required. An area that I found most interesting was the section on 'Microbes in society,' This chapter dealt with how microbes affects our everyday life which is something we take for granted. For example in the The London Underground. The last chapter dealt with the author's thoughts on microbes in the future. This proved to be a thought-provoking chapter. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in how biology affects the world around us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Microbes and Men 26 Jun 2014
By Jan
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An excellent reference book in this complex field. Daughter is using it for her MSc course - so far, so good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the match expected 8 Feb 2012
I purchased this book as a companion to the BBC documetary of the same name. However, they did not match up but this was not a disappointment.
A quite well-researched book although it could have done with a few more illustrations. Also, a bit heavy as an introduction to microbiology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what Daughter needed 2 Mar 2012
By Lesley
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Bought this for my daughter who is at uni, she says the book will help her a lot with the biology degree she is doing. the book arrived in good time and was not expensive for what it was. Resulting in a happy daughter and mum. thankyou.
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