The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life?s history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of t Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understa...

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Title:The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
Author:David Quammen
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Genres:Science
ISBN:1476776628
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life Reviews

  • Zach
    Sep 27, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

    Excellent. Boatloads of stuff I didn't know about that has been discovered during the past twenty years of bio-evolutionary-mathematical-physics. What is so far known about horizontal gene transfer. Was sorry it ended. Highly recommend. ...

    There are plenty of good reviews on goodreads of this book that you can read, but I wanted to point out to the potential reader that David Quamenn strives to keep these complex subjects at a comprehensible level to the uninitiated. He is also a consummate researcher and storyteller. ...

    I?m sad that it?s over. ?? ...

    It's not Mr Quammen's fault that my science education was pitiful. But even with all his heavy lifting, I was still 83% confused for 65% of this book. ...

  • Heidi
    Oct 15, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

    Excellent. Boatloads of stuff I didn't know about that has been discovered during the past twenty years of bio-evolutionary-mathematical-physics. What is so far known about horizontal gene transfer. Was sorry it ended. Highly recommend. ...

    There are plenty of good reviews on goodreads of this book that you can read, but I wanted to point out to the potential reader that David Quamenn strives to keep these complex subjects at a comprehensible level to the uninitiated. He is also a consummate researcher and storyteller. ...

    I?m sad that it?s over. ?? ...

  • Gail
    Aug 31, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

  • Dorothy
    Sep 12, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

  • Tfalcone
    Jun 16, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

    Excellent. Boatloads of stuff I didn't know about that has been discovered during the past twenty years of bio-evolutionary-mathematical-physics. What is so far known about horizontal gene transfer. Was sorry it ended. Highly recommend. ...

    There are plenty of good reviews on goodreads of this book that you can read, but I wanted to point out to the potential reader that David Quamenn strives to keep these complex subjects at a comprehensible level to the uninitiated. He is also a consummate researcher and storyteller. ...

    I?m sad that it?s over. ?? ...

    It's not Mr Quammen's fault that my science education was pitiful. But even with all his heavy lifting, I was still 83% confused for 65% of this book. ...

    Would have given higher rating but this was a very tedious book to read though it was informative. Too many details about other scientists and it can be challenging to read content wise. ...

    This book is a detailed book on the subject of biological evolution for anyone who is into science or subject of evolution. ...

    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC: This is a very thorough book on the development of the tree of life from Darwin's humble beginnings to the three domain system that Carl Woese developed. There are many more contributors of course, too many to name them all - Haeckel, Margulis...

  • Jonna Higgins-Freese
    Aug 28, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

  • Riley
    Oct 04, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

  • Charlene
    Sep 05, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

  • timv
    Sep 04, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

    Excellent. Boatloads of stuff I didn't know about that has been discovered during the past twenty years of bio-evolutionary-mathematical-physics. What is so far known about horizontal gene transfer. Was sorry it ended. Highly recommend. ...

    There are plenty of good reviews on goodreads of this book that you can read, but I wanted to point out to the potential reader that David Quamenn strives to keep these complex subjects at a comprehensible level to the uninitiated. He is also a consummate researcher and storyteller. ...

  • Christina Dudley
    Sep 02, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

  • Carol Kean
    Aug 11, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

  • Gary
    Sep 04, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

  • John Wood
    Sep 12, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

  • Dennis
    Aug 17, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

  • Tim Dugan
    Aug 30, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

  • Diane
    Sep 22, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

    Excellent. Boatloads of stuff I didn't know about that has been discovered during the past twenty years of bio-evolutionary-mathematical-physics. What is so far known about horizontal gene transfer. Was sorry it ended. Highly recommend. ...

    There are plenty of good reviews on goodreads of this book that you can read, but I wanted to point out to the potential reader that David Quamenn strives to keep these complex subjects at a comprehensible level to the uninitiated. He is also a consummate researcher and storyteller. ...

    I?m sad that it?s over. ?? ...

    It's not Mr Quammen's fault that my science education was pitiful. But even with all his heavy lifting, I was still 83% confused for 65% of this book. ...

    Would have given higher rating but this was a very tedious book to read though it was informative. Too many details about other scientists and it can be challenging to read content wise. ...

    This book is a detailed book on the subject of biological evolution for anyone who is into science or subject of evolution. ...

    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC: This is a very thorough book on the development of the tree of life from Darwin's humble beginnings to the three domain system that Carl Woese developed. There are many more contributors of course, too many to name them all - Haeckel, Margulis...

    Quammen earns the benefit of a round-up to 5 because, well, he's David Quammen. I wish my brain was big enough to comprehend all that I've learned by reading The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (and before that, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Poten...

  • Chen Lin
    Sep 04, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

    Excellent. Boatloads of stuff I didn't know about that has been discovered during the past twenty years of bio-evolutionary-mathematical-physics. What is so far known about horizontal gene transfer. Was sorry it ended. Highly recommend. ...

    There are plenty of good reviews on goodreads of this book that you can read, but I wanted to point out to the potential reader that David Quamenn strives to keep these complex subjects at a comprehensible level to the uninitiated. He is also a consummate researcher and storyteller. ...

    I?m sad that it?s over. ?? ...

    It's not Mr Quammen's fault that my science education was pitiful. But even with all his heavy lifting, I was still 83% confused for 65% of this book. ...

    Would have given higher rating but this was a very tedious book to read though it was informative. Too many details about other scientists and it can be challenging to read content wise. ...

    This book is a detailed book on the subject of biological evolution for anyone who is into science or subject of evolution. ...

    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC: This is a very thorough book on the development of the tree of life from Darwin's humble beginnings to the three domain system that Carl Woese developed. There are many more contributors of course, too many to name them all - Haeckel, Margulis...

    Quammen earns the benefit of a round-up to 5 because, well, he's David Quammen. I wish my brain was big enough to comprehend all that I've learned by reading The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (and before that, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Poten...

    For a book about evolution and the lineage of life, some of this book's greatest take aways involve the evolution of biological science. Quammen traces the ancestry of contemporary ideas in evolution and genetics?those areas of study responsible for CRISPR and our understanding of an...

  • Faith
    Sep 07, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

  • Bill Leach
    Sep 04, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

  • Taylor Ahlstrom
    Sep 10, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

  • Emmanuel Ayeni
    Oct 16, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

    Excellent. Boatloads of stuff I didn't know about that has been discovered during the past twenty years of bio-evolutionary-mathematical-physics. What is so far known about horizontal gene transfer. Was sorry it ended. Highly recommend. ...

    There are plenty of good reviews on goodreads of this book that you can read, but I wanted to point out to the potential reader that David Quamenn strives to keep these complex subjects at a comprehensible level to the uninitiated. He is also a consummate researcher and storyteller. ...

    I?m sad that it?s over. ?? ...

    It's not Mr Quammen's fault that my science education was pitiful. But even with all his heavy lifting, I was still 83% confused for 65% of this book. ...

    Would have given higher rating but this was a very tedious book to read though it was informative. Too many details about other scientists and it can be challenging to read content wise. ...

    This book is a detailed book on the subject of biological evolution for anyone who is into science or subject of evolution. ...

  • Angie
    Jul 12, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

  • Rossdavidh
    Oct 01, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

  • Carol Peters
    Aug 24, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

    Excellent. Boatloads of stuff I didn't know about that has been discovered during the past twenty years of bio-evolutionary-mathematical-physics. What is so far known about horizontal gene transfer. Was sorry it ended. Highly recommend. ...

  • kathy
    Sep 03, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

    Excellent. Boatloads of stuff I didn't know about that has been discovered during the past twenty years of bio-evolutionary-mathematical-physics. What is so far known about horizontal gene transfer. Was sorry it ended. Highly recommend. ...

    There are plenty of good reviews on goodreads of this book that you can read, but I wanted to point out to the potential reader that David Quamenn strives to keep these complex subjects at a comprehensible level to the uninitiated. He is also a consummate researcher and storyteller. ...

    I?m sad that it?s over. ?? ...

    It's not Mr Quammen's fault that my science education was pitiful. But even with all his heavy lifting, I was still 83% confused for 65% of this book. ...

    Would have given higher rating but this was a very tedious book to read though it was informative. Too many details about other scientists and it can be challenging to read content wise. ...

  • Seth
    Sep 29, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...

    Excellent review of the scientific dramas around our understanding of the tree of life. What struck me most was how often a dogma would get upset. Every major advance involved some scientist convincing all the others that what they thought impossible had happened. To me it says that we...

    Excellent. Boatloads of stuff I didn't know about that has been discovered during the past twenty years of bio-evolutionary-mathematical-physics. What is so far known about horizontal gene transfer. Was sorry it ended. Highly recommend. ...

    There are plenty of good reviews on goodreads of this book that you can read, but I wanted to point out to the potential reader that David Quamenn strives to keep these complex subjects at a comprehensible level to the uninitiated. He is also a consummate researcher and storyteller. ...

    I?m sad that it?s over. ?? ...

    It's not Mr Quammen's fault that my science education was pitiful. But even with all his heavy lifting, I was still 83% confused for 65% of this book. ...

    Would have given higher rating but this was a very tedious book to read though it was informative. Too many details about other scientists and it can be challenging to read content wise. ...

    This book is a detailed book on the subject of biological evolution for anyone who is into science or subject of evolution. ...

    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC: This is a very thorough book on the development of the tree of life from Darwin's humble beginnings to the three domain system that Carl Woese developed. There are many more contributors of course, too many to name them all - Haeckel, Margulis...

    Quammen earns the benefit of a round-up to 5 because, well, he's David Quammen. I wish my brain was big enough to comprehend all that I've learned by reading The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (and before that, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Poten...

    For a book about evolution and the lineage of life, some of this book's greatest take aways involve the evolution of biological science. Quammen traces the ancestry of contemporary ideas in evolution and genetics?those areas of study responsible for CRISPR and our understanding of an...

    This book suffers mainly from its topic of focus, bacteria, archea and hypotheses about how these created the eukaryotic cell. Unlike ?Monster of God? and ?The Song of the Dodo? about charismatic large animals and extinct animals or ?Outbreak? about emerging diseases, moder...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Sep 05, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

  • Kathleen
    Sep 17, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

  • Conor
    Sep 16, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

  • Emma Bec
    Sep 15, 2018

    Meticulously researched, but Quammen?s ability to frame a complex scientific theory in a captivating story is lacking. Pick up The Tangled Tree if molecular phylogenetics is what makes your heart go pitty-pat. ...

    National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction 2018. Wow?where to start? Probably the most ?blow your mind? thing is that 8% of the human genome originated in virus genomes. This is just one of the insights resulting from scientists studying molecular phylogenetics, where the study ...

    I feel so disappointed. It was like being a kid and getting a half eaten chocolate Santa on Christmas as your only gift. This seems like a book half written. When I got the the end, I just sat there in completely disbelief. Some parts of this book are exceptional. For example, this is ...

    I guess what I really wanted was a magazine article with conclusions. This had much more biographical information than I wanted. Actually, it had much more of everything than I wanted. I assume that I am not the correct audience for this book. ...

    A large part of the book was about Carl Woese, a character who was odd, but about whom I really could not care. He used early, difficult sequencing techniques to identify the Archaea, an entirely separate form of life, different from bacteria, plants, and animals. But since this was al...

    Horizontal gene transfer is a thing! Darwin is overrated! This book was fine but pretty niche! ...

    "Science itself, however precise and objective, is a human activity. It's a way of wondering as well as a way of knowing. It's a process, not a body of facts or laws. Like music, like poetry, like baseball, like grandmaster chess, it's something gloriously imperfect that people do. The...

    This is a book at war with itself, trying to be many things at the same time. It is a well-written examination of evolution, the inadequacy of the standard tree metaphor for it, and the messiness of gene transfer. Quammen explores horizontal gene transfer and the uncertainty in what a ...

    Comprehensive, exhaustive, entertaining, at times gossipy, and altogether wonderful! If more science books were so rich with stories of the scientists, more students might be riveted to classes in genetics and evolutionary biology. I cannot imagine the years of research that must ha...

    There is no one correct way of dividing a world, identity is fleeting and reification leads to oversimplification. All of that is within this book as the author looks at where the incredibly interesting world of microbiology stands today and what it means for understanding our current ...

    Wow. A lot has changed since I took AP Biology in 1985-6! Back then it was classic Darwin and prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the reason some bacteria were antibiotic resistant was because they were descended from the few survivors with some random mutation that gave them resistance. A...

    It?s ok but I wish it had more technical details. The people stories are ok but less valuable than the science ...

    The Tangled Tree is a rich, fascinating tale?not just of the history of evolutionary biology?but of the people behind the discoveries. While the book is primarily focused on Carl Woese and his immense contributions to the field, it weaves in and out of those he worked with, those w...

    Let?s start here: Mind. Blown. Few books I?ve read in my long life have had such a walloping impact. This deserves the National Book Award for non-fiction. It?s that good. Do you wonder about the origin of life? Evolution? The ?whats? and the ?hows? more than the ...

    This book provides an extremely interesting, enjoyable, and readable overview of the history of the theory of evolution, from Darwin and before, up to the most current ideas. The central figure in the book is Carl Woese, who discovered Archaea, and there are also many engaging mini-bio...

    David Quammen has written a great book, wrapped in a pretty good one. I rarely give 5-star reviews, and from me a 3-star review actually means "I liked it", just like the goodreads scale advises. Nonetheless, I have given Quammen's books 5 stars on more than one occasion, and never les...

    This book reviews the ideas of the Tree of Life from it's origin with early thinkers, primarily Darwin, through the understanding that the Bacteria and Archaea form separate domains. The book also has a number of secondary themes. The life of Carl Woese, who was largely responsible...

    Just how was life created and how does it change and evolve? This book delves into the history of human exploration of these questions, the discoveries, the discoverers, the theories, the theorists, opposing viewpoints, opposers, the collaborations, the collaborators... The road is win...

    This was a wonderful book. It explains the advances in biology over the last century or so and how these have fundamentally changed how we view life and evolution. It explained the science really well and brought it to life with the stories of the scientists who worked on it. I really ...