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Symbiotic Planet

by Lynn Margulis
New York: Basic Books, 2000. 176 pages.

In Symbiotic Planet, a book in the Science Masters series of popularizations, Lynn Margulis argues that symbiosis is crucial to the emergence of evolutionary novelty, from the eukaryotic cell to, controversially, the planet itself. ("Gaia is just symbiosis as seen from space," as one of her students offered.) Kirkus Reviews writes, "This is vintage Margulis — personal, autobiographical, passionate, argumentative, at times over the top, but full of ideas — at least some of which, in the past, have proved to be right." A Supporter of NCSE, Margulis is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.