146 pages, Bw illus, figs
Bonner studies slime molds in an attempt to seek a picture of the first elements of communication between cells. He discusses what has been learned by looking at their developmental biology, including recent advances in our molecular understanding of the process and generates insights into how cell-to-cell cooperation might have originated.
As with all of Bonner's books, the writing is crisp and clear, even elegant, in the apparent effortless simplicity in which he describes very complex issues ... Bonner again combines an appreciation and deep understanding of the past with a vision of and for the future. -- Brian K. Hall Evolution and Development Insightful aphorisms have been a ... feature of John Tyler Bonner's writing ... Half a century later, it's a delight to find him ... in fine form. -- Bernard Dixon New Scientist
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