The Long and the Short of It

The Long and the Short of It

The Science of Life Span and Aging

Book - 2013
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Everything that lives will die. That's the fundamental fact of life. But not everyone dies at the same age: people vary wildly in their patterns of aging and their life spans - and that variation is nothing compared to what's found in other animal and plant species. A giant fungus found in Michigan has been alive since the Ice Age, while a dragonfly lives but four months, a mayfly half an hour. What accounts for these variations - and what can we learn from them that might help us understand, or better manage, our own aging? With The Long and the Short of It, biologist and writer Jonathan Silvertown offers readers a fascinating tour through the scientific study of longevity and aging.
Publisher: Chicago, London, The University of Chicago Press,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780226757896
Characteristics: 194 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.


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Jul 25, 2015

Is aging inevitable? Why do we age and some other types of life do not (or at least do not appear to)? Why does the rate of aging differ among various animals? Pulling together fascinating data from research both recent and historical, Jonathan Silvertown attempts to answer these and many other questions that have been on the minds of humankind, the only creature conscious of our own mortality. There is a surprising amount of data out there regarding aging and life spans, and although the bulk of this work is describing research and various studies, it is both well-organized and captivating. However, I kept feeling like it might have been fleshed out more; the entire book is a mere 194 pages, 38 of which are comprised of the appendix and bibliography and notes. My thoughts consistently went to, "Wow, that's so cool. What else can you tell me?"

sandy165 Jul 07, 2015


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