Beautiful Bacteria: Encounters in the Microuniverse
Author Tal Danino
A leading bacteria scientist combines unique photographic techniques and accessible text to reveal the microbial world within and around us.
Beautiful Bacteria merges stunning imagery with a new way of looking at something we interact with every day. Each chapter introduces the different types of bacteria around us, illustrated with singularly beautiful photographs of these minute life forms and an approachable text that explains where the bacteria is located and what it does. Much as New York Times bestseller I Contain Multitudes did, Beautiful Bacteria brings the invisible world that has shaped our species to life.
While we know microbes in our world are relevant, the focus of this book is what the invisible, microbial world looks like, where it comes from, and where new discoveries and biotechnology are taking us. Looking at the microbial world reveals countless questions about life and connects with the personal realm of bacteria in our daily lives. From the dazzling patterns of Proteus mirabilis to the shimmering fractals of E. coli and more, each chapter touches upon the little-seen microscopic universe and the impact it has on our macroscopic society, and sheds light on how we coexist in an increasingly biotechnological world.
About The Author
Tal Danino is an interdisciplinary artist and scientist exploring the emerging field of synthetic biology. A TED Fellow, Danino is an associate professor at Columbia University and directs the interdisciplinary Synthetic Biological Systems Laboratory. His work has been featured in many media outlets such as the New York Times, Nature, and WIRED and his bioartworks have been featured in exhibitions around the world.