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What begins as an essay on an under-appreciated part of the history of science turns into something richer and more ruminative. The result has everything you could possibly want from a popular science book. There is wonder here, and intellectual excitement; clear explanation and lyrical writing; and much new insight into how the world works, linking the very small and very large.
It even finishes with an unfashionably optimistic take on global warming. Now that we understand the natural nanomachinery that captures solar energy, Morton reckons, it is only a matter of time before we can redesign it to generate fuel – subtly engineered, like leaves, to recycle carbon. Research funders should feel a duty to take heed. Everyone else can read Morton’s fascinating book for pleasure.
For comparison and edification, should you wish either, here is the review of Mapping Mars by the same pen from the same pages.
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