A Portrait of A Book

By Carl Zimmer | July 13, 2008 2:52 pm

In case you haven’t seen Wordle, which totals up the words in a piece of text…here’s a picture of my book Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life. A pretty good likeness, I think. I like the way humans are overshadowed by the microbes–as in life. (Hat tip: Oliver Morton.)

Microcosm Wordle

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Comments (7)

  1. Ron

    I like it. I decided to put Watson and Crick’s paper through the process. It’s in the gallery if you’re interested in taking a look. I used Watson J.D. and Crick F.H.C. as the user-name. I’d love to see a collection of famous papers put through the process.

  2. Ron

    I guess I should have mentioned that I got the source of the text from:
    and I left out the citations but did include the figure legend.

  3. I still think that, so far, Daniel’s “Origin of Species” is the one to beat.

    The one I did of the reviews of Eating the Sun worked out better than those of the book itself, which makes sense, I think, on reflection


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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