I Contain Multitudes

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Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin—a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth.

Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light—less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are.

The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.

Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us—the microbiome—build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.


  • 001_I Contain Multitudes

    Duration: 10min
  • 002_1. Living Island

    Duration: 46min
  • 003_2. The People Who Thought To Look

    Duration: 47min
  • 004_3. Body Builders

    Duration: 01h04min
  • 005_4. Terms and Conditions Apply

    Duration: 58min
  • 006_5. In Sickness and in Health

    Duration: 45min
  • 007_5 continued

    Duration: 43min
  • 008_6. The Long Waltz

    Duration: 50min
  • 009_7. Mutually Assured Success

    Duration: 58min
  • 010_8. Allegro in E Major

    Duration: 45min
  • 011_9. Microbes A La Carte

    Duration: 46min
  • 012_9 continued

    Duration: 43min
  • 013_10. Tomorrow, The World

    Duration: 30min
  • sample-926

    Duration: 01min