The Serengeti Rules

The Serengeti Rules

The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters

Book - 2016
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"How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In [this book] ... Sean Carroll tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions, and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and the health of the planet we depend upon"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9780691167428
0691167427
Branch Call Number: 570 CARROLL
Characteristics: 263 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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StephenFoster
Aug 25, 2017

Carroll is both a skilled writer and an expert (developmental biology, with an evolutionary perspective).
In The Serengeti Rules, he analyzes a living ecosystem (and its recent history). He finds and explains the order that underlies interacting species living on the Serengeti.
Plants, pests (i.e., the Rinderpest), rainfall (and its paucity in the African dry season), human presence, and animals in prey-predator relationships--all play a role in what happens on the Serengeti plains and Savannah. He brings a deep understanding to this complexity. I have also read his Endless Forms Most Beautiful (a phrase Darwin used), as I first learned of his expertise in "evo-devo" (evolutionary biology). Enjoying and learning from his Endless Forms,
I then read his more recent book The Serengeti Rules. He is a clear explainer, and seems to anticipate the questions that a non-specialist reader might raise. I highly recommend
The Serengeti Rules.

AL_RACHEL Mar 09, 2017

I loved learning about the inter-connectivity of our world. The connections at the microscopic level all the way up to the interactions between species and ecosystems were written about with beautiful insight and enthusiasm.

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