Technology of the past 100 years has one big obsession, namely using fossil fuels – whether it makes sense or not. Electric vehicles and trains were around at the beginning of the 20th century, but most were replaced by petrol and diesel engines. Earlier technologies like sail ships and windmills were confined to the heritage sector.
The author of this work, James Costa, is currently Professor of biology and Executive Director of the Highlands Biological Station at Western Carolina University, US. An enduring fascination for the origins of the theory of evolution has resulted in his publication of several scholarly books on the subject, including Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species.
The author of this volume, Tom Ireland, is a widely published freelance science journalist and currently editor of The Biologist magazine. This work has the prime purpose of convincing us that not all viruses are harmful, and that the vast majority are actually beneficial.