The Long and the Short of It
The Science of Life Span and AgingBook - 2013
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
Characteristics: 194 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.