Preface. 0. Prologue: Thinking about Bacteria. 1. From the First Cell to the Last Universal Ancestor (LUA). 2. Contrasting the Cellular Abilities of Eukaryotes and Prokaryotes. 3. Bacterial Growth. 4. Synthesis of a Functional Bacterial Wall. 5. Turgor Pressure of Bacterial Cells. 6. The Surface Stress Theory: Non Vitalism in Action. 7. The Mechanical Aspects of Cell Division. 8. The Gram-Positive Coccus: Enterococcus hirae. 9. The Gram-Positive Rod-Shaped Orghanisms: Bacillus subtilis. 10. The Gram Negative Rod: Negative Rod: Escherichia coli. 11. Apical Growth of Streptomycetes and Fungi. 12. Twisting and Rotation During the Growth of Gram-Positive Rods. 13. The Structural and Physiological Roles of the Layers of the Gram-Negative Bacterial Envelope. 14. Gliding Motility, Protonmotive Force, Motor, and Flagellar Rotation. 15. Prokaryote Perspective. 16. Wars over Bacterial Walls.
I assume that you already know a good deal of microbiology. In this book, I frequently use the word "we" by which I mean "you and I". Together we are going to consider bacteriology from a broader perspective and we will think our way through the important biological problems that are frequently just skipped over in every microbiology course. My most important reason for writing this book is to make accessible the relevant thinking from fields of science other than microbiology that are important to microbiology. The book is written for people that have already have a fascination with bacteria, but can see that their background for understanding is far complete. This book consists of topics that are largely omitted from microbiology textbooks and includes some mathematics, physics, chemistry, and evolutionary biology. It contains a good deal of my own work, both experimental and theoretical, together with a lot of speculation. If ten times bigger, it would be a full text book on microbial physiology. A third of the microbial physiology is covered by the recent is no longer treated even in textbook by White (2000). Another third current specialized tests and is greatly underrepresented in text books.