The book is a collaboration by experts at The Open University. Editor and contributor Jonathan Silvertown is an evolutionary biologist in the Department of Life Sciences and is internationally known for his research on the evolution and ecology of plants.
"Nearly every book about wildlife concentrates on species...Fragile Web is different, examining life on Earth as a whole and asking the big questions: what is it? How did it arise? How does it fit together? And what are we doing to it. Because the answers are detailed and very full they can sometimes seem complicated and a little challenging...But it is well worth the effort, not least because the book includes the very latest research...it is rendered a great deal more accessible by the wealth of illustrations, wildlife photographs, maps and diagrams, all of which are beautifully chosen." Michael McCarthy - BBC Knowledge Magazine "I'm not someone with a natural interest in science but have to say I absolutely loved this book...accessible and engaging...the photography is stunning...I'm sure it could help to provoke debates in science and geography classes." The Teacher: magazine of the National Union of Teachers