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Traces the history of human discovery, from the establishment of classification in the eighteenth century to today's attempts to find life in space.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-264) and index.
Beginnings. What we all used to know. Common names. The invisible world -- Fogging (the tree of life). The apostles. Finding everything. Finding an ant-riding beetle -- Roots. Dividing the cell. Grafting the tree of life. Symbiotic cells on the seafloor. Origin stories -- Other worlds. Looking out. To squeeze life from a stone. The wrong elephant? What remains.