[MOBI] ✓ The Mystery of Metamorphosis: A Scientific Detective Story | by ↠ Frank Ryan #2020


  • Title: The Mystery of Metamorphosis: A Scientific Detective Story
  • Author: Frank Ryan
  • ISBN: 9781603583411
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover

  • The Mystery of Metamorphosis: A Scientific Detective Story By Frank Ryan Metamorphosis has intrigued human observers for thousands of years While everyone knows this trick of nature transforms caterpillars into butterflies, fewer are aware that this process of transformation also occurs in many other insect species, as well as in amphibians and in its greatest diversity in marine creatures Still, despite its widespread occurrence, metamorphosMetamorphosis has intrigued human observers for thousands of years While everyone knows this trick of nature transforms caterpillars into butterflies, fewer are aware that this process of transformation also occurs in many other insect species, as well as in amphibians and in its greatest diversity in marine creatures Still, despite its widespread occurrence, metamorphosis has largely remained a mystery not just to the people who watch gorgeous orange Monarchs emerge from green caterpillars once ensconced in cocoons, but also to the scientists who have tried to unravel just how the transformation works In Metamorphosis, Frank Ryan delves into the mystery headfirst, showcasing surprising new ideas that are shaking established science.Ryan recounts how the intricate physiology of metamorphosis has slowly revealed its secrets He brings the work of pioneering scientists such as Jean Henri Fabre, Vincent Wigglesworth, and Carroll Williams to life as they explore the inner workings of the insect world We also meet contemporary scientist Don Williamson, whose work on sea urchins and other ocean going animals led him to a theory of larval development that challenge some of the longest held beliefs in evolution including those that date back to Darwin s time Williamson, whose revelations have launched huge debates in science, has risked being labeled an iconoclast for encouraging people to think differently about how species evolve a process, he says, that is not as linear as we ve believed, and that involves not just mutation but also hybridizaton.A character as enchanting as metamorphosis itself, Williams exemplifies the importance of questioning time honored beliefs Through his work and those of the other monumental scientists in this book, we come closer to understanding the ancient and miraculous transformation of juvenile life forms into beautiful and complex adult insects and animals.
    Frank Ryan
    Frank Ryan is a consultant physician in the UK as well as being an innovative evolutionary biologist, who has introduced the concepts of aggressive symbiosis to virology, and the concepts of genomic creativity and the holobiontic human genome to the story of human evolution His major scientific interest has been the pioneering and development of the concept of viruses as symbionts, thus bringing together the disciplines of evolutionary virology and symbiology He has a major interest in the evolution of the human genome and the implications this has for medicineOKSFrank s books include the recently published The Mysterious World of the Human Genome , Virolution, Metamorphosis, Darwin s Blind Spot, Virus X, and The Forgotten Plague World in Action and Horizon based programs on Frank s books The Forgotten Plague was a non fiction book of the year for the New York Times Virus X also received outstanding reviews in the New York Times and The Washington Post s Bookworld, and Darwin s Blind Spot was the book of choice for Charlie Munger in 2003 Frank s books have also been the subject of TV and radio documentaries and have been translated into many languages He is also an occasional reviewer of books for the New York TimesCIAL LIFEFrank is married with two children He is an entertaining speaker, which has helped to make him popular with the live media, professional colleagues and lay audiences alike.

    The Mystery of Metamorphosis: A Scientific Detective Story By Frank Ryan

    Commentaires:

    Greg
    I was hesitant about this book, as it seemed from the synopsis that it was pushing extreme or even crank views and to a large extent, this was correct Much of the book, I think couldn t be done today, as anyone reading would say and what does the molecular evidence say Some of this is handwaved away, claiming the researcher couldn t afford the molecular studies, which might well have been true 20 30 years ago but even then, with most people could study chromosomes under an inexpensive microscope [...]

    Elliott Bignell
    My pleasure in this brilliant and sometimes horrific scientific story was heightened by the discovery that the late Lynn Margulis played an important enabling role Equally the involvement of the Isle of Man, one of my favourite places on Earth, as the locus of marine biological work The supplementary fact that it is engagingly written and deals with science that is genuinely unsettled and sometimes even unfamiliar renders it a work of uncommon fascination.Metamorphosis at some stage engages ever [...]

    Diane Kistner
    Mad Atlantean Scientists and the Evo Devo Band I m kidding in my title, people Well, somewhat Evo Devo, as you ll learn in this book, is shorthand for evolution of development as studied by, who else, evolutionary developmental biologists informally known as evo devos And some of the studies going on now in this cutting edge field sound like what some New Age folks believe lead to the downfall of Atlantis Let me just say that Frank Ryan s book is a mind blowing experience, so much so that you d [...]

    Karissa
    I got a copy of this book to review through the Vine program It ended up being an interesting, and at times boring, read If you are really interested in evolution theories that compliment or go against Darwin s theory of evolution this might be a good book to read.The first part of this book goes into great detail about the experiments of a guy named Williamson Williamson has a theory that marine species did not necessarily evolve but in some cases cross hybridized to form new species The second [...]

    Mark Stephenson
    A challenging read for a non scientist like me, but tells the touching and inspiring story of Donald Williamson, a marine biologist whose investigations put him at odds with much of the evolutionary theory of our day and who may have the best explanation yet put forward for the Cambrian explosion.To quote Ryan, the Cambrian explosion has been a source of controversy since first observed by geologists in the 1830 s Charles Darwin was well aware of its challenge to his ideas of gradualist evolutio [...]

    M
    My expectations are probably at fault for my it was okay rating Reading some of Lynn Margulis brief mentions of trans species and all the way up to trans phylum hybridization made me really curious about this new theory that says evolution isn t the be all end all of biodiversity that direct transfer of genes is possible and sometimes results in amazing new forms, and may explain why larvae are so different from adults in animals that undergo metamorphosis.This book says the mystery is explained [...]

    Colleen Reed
    In The Mystery of Metamorphosis Frank Ryan provides readers with both the historical background and biological principles necessary for understanding how evolution or change occurs at the microscopic level While Ryan does a good job at introducing the various researchers and scientists who worked towards understanding metamorphosis, this writing was often dry and did not always flow well The information pertaining to biology and physiology was good but also challenging and not very accessible to [...]

    Dylan Benito
    This book was awesome Ryan s style has really picked up in the years he has been writing The text was scientific, but readable The chapters were full of examples, but not long winded The overall message was clear and ran throughout the book The Mystery of Metamorphosis definitely brings up some interesting ideas about evolution and touches on one of my favorite subjects, evo devo If you have ever wondered where we come from, and how we evolved, this is a very interesting read I can t wait to rea [...]

    Jafar
    Not the most fun summer weekend read, unless you can get really worked up and excited over sea urchin larvae and other such creatures I probably spent a total of two hours reading bits and pieces I think Ryan is presenting an intriguing and revolutionary idea that metamorphosis is the result of hybridization between different species on entirely different branches of the tree of life The proof and the details, however, are a tad tedious for a common reader.

    Emily Brown
    Tons of details about metamorphosis, mainly in insects, but later in the book about animals and humans Only a mention of Hox genes, which was VERY disappointing, but the book was focused on hormones than genes themselves Still a good read

    Colleen
    An interesting theory in need of some additional research The examples were fascinating

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