WorldCat Identities

Gross, Michael 1963-

Works: 15 works in 55 publications in 3 languages and 4,320 library holdings
Genres: Miscellanea  Popular works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QH515, 576.839
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Gross
Light and life by Michael Gross( )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
There would be no life on Earth without light from the Sun, and life would not be as highly evolved as it is had it not made the best use of light's energy and information for using photosynthesis, biological clocks, and vision. In Light and Life, Michael Gross explores six major aspects of the complex and fascinating interplay between light and life, ranging from the mythical role of the Sun in ancient cultures to the latest advances in scientific research, covering photosynthesis, bioluminescence, vision, perception, and biological clocks. - ;Light, like no other physical phenomenon, is linked in a wide variety of ways with the biological phenomenon of life. We can read this page because light is reflected from it, and carries the information to the retina; the oxygen we breathe was produced by photosynthesis; our sense of alertness relies on our biological clock, set using the cues of light and dark. Michael Gross explores the symbiotic relationship of light and life in this intriguing and entertaining book. Starting with astronomy and our relationship with the Sun and dependence on photosynthesis, he then turns to some of the stranger outcomes of the relationship - bioluminescent creatures, and their evolutionary significance. Finally he looks at the influence of light on biological time-keeping, the focus of much current scientific research. Life would not be here without light, and it would not have evolved as it has done had it not made the best possible use of light's energy and information content for using photosynthesis, biological clocks, and vision. This book explores all these aspects of the fascinating interplay of these two phenomena in a lively manner using many intriguing examples
Life on the edge : amazing creatures thriving in extreme environments by Michael Gross( Book )
19 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes life on Earth not by the rules but by the exceptions to them, looking at the most hostile habitats of the our environment and their most hardened inhabitants. Analyzes survival strategies of these single-cell creatures in a way accessible to lay readers but still in touch with the latest research in areas such as heat-shock proteins and genome sequencing. Describes the significance of research on such organisms for fields including biotechnology, medicine, and research into the origin and early evolution of life, and explores the possibility of life on other planets. Includes sidebars and glossary. Originally published in German as "Exzentriker des Lebens", 1996, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag. Can life exist in the Antarctic ice, in the deep subsurface, in dilute sulfuric acid, in hot springs -- even on Mars? What degree of high or low temperature, pressure, or salt concentration can living cells tolerate? In recent years, scientists have discovered many single-cell creatures that exist in -- in fact, are perfectly adapted to -- extreme environments that were considered uninhabitable just one or two decades ago. In Life on the Edge, author Michael Gross explores how microorganisms adapt to their hostile environments and how they affect our current definition of the "normal" conditions for life. He also describes the vast implications of these extremophiles and other amazing creatures -- from potential breakthroughs in medicine and biotechnology to the search for life elsewhere in the universe
Astrobiology : a brief introduction by Kevin W Plaxco( Book )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Astrobiology -- which studies the intimate relationship between life and the cosmos -- is a fast-growing field that touches on aspects of cosmology, astrophysics, and chemistry. In the first scholarly overview of this dynamic field, biochemists Kevin W. Plaxco and Michael Gross tell the story of life from the Big Bang to the present. Emphasizing the biochemical nature of astrobiology, Plaxco and Gross examine the origin of the chemical elements, the events behind the developments that made our Universe habitable, and the ongoing sustenance of life. They discuss the formation of the first galaxies and stars, the diverse chemistry of the primordial planet, the origins of metabolism, the evolution of complex organisms, and the feedback regulation of Earth's climate. They also explore life in extreme habitats, potential extraterrestrial habitats, and the search for extraterrestrial life. This broadly accessible introduction captures the excitement, controversy, and evolution of the dynamic young field of astrobiology. It shows clearly how scientists from different disciplines can combine their special knowledge to enhance our understanding of the Universe we inhabit
Travels to the nanoworld : miniature machinery in nature and technology by Michael Gross( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Our lives are about to be changed by new technologies that operate on a scale that is smaller than can be seen by the most powerful optical microscopes. Devices inspired by living cells and measured in nanometers - billionths of a meter - are the basis of this nanotechnology revolution. Michael Gross takes us to this world to explore natural processes and new technologies that will make modern machines look like relics from the Stone Age
The birds, the bees and the platypuses : crazy, sexy and cool stories from science by Michael Gross( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Breathtaking scientific innovations and findings wrapped in a big portion of humour by an excellent science journalist. Written by a well-known author, Michael Gross who is a passionate writer in science, a scientist and an experienced book and magazine author, each story has an introductory paragraph explaining what makes it unique. Having been already published in prestigious magazines and newspapers these stories have been expanded, updated and rewritten in view of the special book character
La vie excentrique : voyages dans les mondes extrêmes by Michael Gross( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in French and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Astrobiologie fur einsteiger by Kevin W Plaxco( )
3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in German and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Astrobiologie ist ein Forschungsgebiet, das sich in jüngster Zeit großen öffentlichen Interesses erfreut hat. Inzwischen sind astrobiologische Fragen oft die Rechtfertigung für die Forschungsausgaben von NASA und anderen staatlichen Organisationen. Aufgrund dieses breiten Interesses besteht ein Bedarf nach einer detaillierten, aber zugänglichen Einführung in dieses Gebiet
Invasion der Waschbären und andere Expeditionen in die wilde Natur by Michael Gross( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Der Kuss des Schnabeltiers und 60 weitere irrwitzige Geschichten aus Natur und Wissenschaft by Michael Gross( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in German and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Wirkung hydrostatischer Drücke auf biochemische Prozesse Dissoziation von Assembly-Systemen versus Kompression aktiver Strukturregionen by Michael Gross( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lust and love : is it more than chemistry? by Gabriele Froböse( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Von Geckos, Garn und Goldwasser : die Nanoweltwelt lässt grüssen by Michael Gross( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Von Geckos, Garn und Goldwasser : Die Nanoweltwelt lässt grü€en by Michael Gross( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
9 Millionen Fahrräder am Rande des Universums : Obskures aus Forschung und Wissenschaft by Michael Gross( )
1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Snowflake the white gorilla ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Focuses on Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla in the world. He was captured in 1966 in Equatorial Guinea and brought to live in the zoo in Barcelona, Spain where he became an instant celebrity. Snowflake's story serves as a reference point to show the dramatic changes in the lives of captive gorillas as our knowledge about them evolved over the past 40 years. Conservationists and zoos around the world are now trying to save gorillas from extinction
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Alternative Names
Gross, M. 1963-
Gross, Michael
English (42)
German (10)
French (1)