Many of us have developed a new fascination for viruses and virology during the global COVID-19 crisis. Here, Dorothy Crawford, professor of medical microbiology and the author of Viruses: A Very Short Introduction, selects five of the best books on viruses for the general reader.
Micrographia: The Complete Facsimile of the First Printing of 1665
by Robert Hooke
Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
by Andrew H Knoll
The Genesis of Germs
by Alan L. Gillen
Plankton: Wonders of the Drifting World
by Christian Sardet
Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution
by Dorion Sagan & Lynn Margulis
Without them, plants and animals wouldn’t exist and even the Earth’s geology would be different. Paul Falkowski recommends the best books on microbes.