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How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In The Serengeti Rules, award-winning biologist and author Sean B. Carroll tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions, and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and the health of the planet we depend upon. One of the most important revelations about the natural world is that everything is regulated - there are rules that regulate the amount of every molecule in our bodies and rules that govern the numbers of every animal and plant in the wild. And the most surprising revelation about the rules that regulate life at such different scales is that they are remarkably similar - there is a common underlying logic of life. Carroll recounts how our deep knowledge of the rules and logic of the human body has spurred the advent of revolutionary life-saving medicines, and makes the compelling case that it is now time to use the Serengeti Rules to heal our ailing planet.

©2016 Sean B. Carroll (P)2017 Tantor

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"A thought-provoking challenge to complacency." ( Kirkus)

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Mind blown

As a biology teacher, this book hit key points from my class over and over and over. It was supported by data and presented anecdotally in a way that made it memorable. Time and again I would pause and rewind to listen to a section. This book has changed the way I think about the themes of regulation and how I present my classroom material. “What happens to E. coli, happens to an elephant” it seems so simple once presented, but my mind is blown!
Side note: If you are not a science enthusiast, this book may seem a little dry, but it is rich with history and context, so you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy.

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  • the wiseman
  • La Grande, Oregon, United States
  • 09-24-18

great ecology book

goes right along with ecology units for biology or environmental science. hits the discovering of keystone species, trophic Cascade, carrying capacity, etc.