Tiny, Hardy and Profuse: An Atlas of Bacteria

Tiny, Hardy and Profuse: An Atlas of Bacteria

279 pages, 50 Images

Hardcover with numerous illustrations

Genre: Nonfiction, Biology, Essay, Nature Writing, Nature, Picture Book
„Animals and plants are coming and going. Bacteria are staying.“ Ludger Weß

Bacteria: there are more types of bacteria than stars in the galaxy, they are omnipresenta and their resistance is legendary . Bacteria can come back to life
after a sleep of several millions of years, it can survive unprotected journeys in the space and it feels everywhere at home. Today bacteria are famous for being the cause of infections and epidemias. But without them there would be no cheese, no joghurt and no bier. Ludger Weß describes in 50 portraits the discovery, the lives and the meaning of bacterias illustrated by Falk Nordmann‘s drawings.

German title: Winzig, zäh und zahlreich - Ein Bakterienatlas
ISBN: 978-3-95757-842-6
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin
Publication date: 2020
Print run: 2
Series: Naturkunden Vol. 062
Illustration: Falk Nordmann
Sold to: Italy, Taiwan, United States

Sample translation

Complete English translation available

Ludger Weß, born in Dorsten in 1954, studied chemistry and biology, worked as a researcher in the field of molecular developmental biology and began writing about science in the 1980s. 

"In varied, lively portraits, the author actually succeeds in giving individual species of bacteria something of a personal touch and immersing the unimaginably tiny life forms in an aura of likeability and fascination [...] It is a wild, alien world that opens up here - congenially illustrated by Falk Nordmann. He shows the hairy little plates, ciliated balls and flagellum-covered sticks on full-page colour pictures as real character types. [...] Great!
- Susanne Billig, Deutschlandfunk Kultur