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In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered

Author: Moselio “Elio” Schaechter1
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Affiliations: 1: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, and San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Content Type: Trade
Format: Paperback
Publication Year: 2016

Category: General Interest

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With more than 1,000 posts and 2 million views, the esteemed blog has been sparking the imagination of microbiologists for an entire decade. Throughout the years, Elio Schaechter and his team of dedicated bloggers have shared exciting, unexpected, and unusual stories from the microbial world.

is a carefully selected treasure chest of wise, amusing, and even profound statements about the ubiquity and relevance of the microbial world. Schaechter, other past ASM Presidents, and distinguished microbiologists from around the globe reflect on personal, sometimes historic interactions with microbes and unexpected discoveries, each essay conveying the excitement and sense of surprise that microbiology holds for them. This is the reason that Small Things Considered is a scientific and social media phenomenon that has impacted scientists at every stage of their careers and shared the magic of microbes with world.

Join Schaechter in discovering a never-ending pageant of astounding variations on the theme of microbial life. Enjoy!

“ Since Elio Schaechter’s blog, , first appeared 10 years ago, I have looked forward to each post. I smiled, laughed, and always learned something new about the microbial world. Elio’s style is uniquely engaging and makes microbiology come alive. This book captures all the best of Elio’s magic. It is a must-read for students of microbiology of any age.”

Lynn W. Enquist, Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology and Professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University

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Midwest Book Review (Library Bookwatch)

24 October 2016

With more than 1,000 posts and 2 million views, the online Small Things Considered blog has been attracting the attention of microbiologists for the past decade. Throughout the years, Elio Schaechter and his team of dedicated bloggers have shared exciting, unexpected, and unusual stories from the microbial world. Now they have compiled the best of their work into a single volume. "In the Company of Microbes: Ten Years of Small Things Considered" is an extraordinary compilation of carefully selected, wise, amusing, and even profound statements about the ubiquity and relevance of the microbial world. In the pages of "In the Company of Microbes" Schaechter, past ASM Presidents, and distinguished microbiologists from around the globe reflect on personal, sometimes historic interactions with microbes and unexpected discoveries, with each individual essay conveying the excitement and sense of surprise that microbiology holds for them. An inherently fascinating read from beginning to end, "In the Company of Microbes" is informative, thought-provoking, and occasionally inspiring, making it unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of academic and non-specialist general readers with an interest in microbiology. Simply stated, every community, college, or university library should have a copy of "In the Company of Microbes" as a integral part of their Microbiological Studies collection.

Reviewer: James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief

Review Date: October 2016

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