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Plants know and perceive more than people assume. They can "see" and "hear" and "remember" - but differently than humans. This book rocked my mind and I think about my garden and houseplants and the trees on my walks in a new way. The only reason I can't give it 5 stars -- despite excellent research, this book lingers on points and the writing can get long-winded for us non-scientists. I mean, if I was a biologist, perhaps it would be just right.
But for the average reader, expect to have to really focus in some of the more drawn-out science-y parts.
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Keep your laptop handy, you might need to look up science words. I had to. This would make a great gift for a wide age range of people that like plants.
This book contains a surprising amount of great information in just pages. This would be a good gift choice to spur further interest in the field for both children and young adults.
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I'm not suggesting that this is by any means geared towards children, but rather the manner in which the information is presented will engage all ages. Plants are profoundly different from animals but both share many of the same problems; they both have to survive in a somewhat hostile world, they both have to take in nourishment, expel waste and try to keep from being eaten.
This fascinating little book explores the inner life of plants and how they address the Darwinian forces that surround them. The sun provides life giving light for the plant and the plant, for its part, must find ways of capturing that light for use; it grows toward the light, it manufactures food from the light through photosynthesis, add to that the plant must recognize the changing of the seasons and the cycle of night and day.
But does the plant actually "see" the light? Does it "feel" the touch of an insect on its leaves?
Does it "smell" any of the aromas that surround it? These issues and many others are addressed by Chamovitz in a way that's accessible to the general reader.
I found the writing interesting, charming and at times a little technical, but not so technical that it becomes a problem for the reader. The author also delves into the history of Botany and our changing view of the plant life all around us.
For centuries we have collectively marveled at plant diversity and form—from Charles Darwin's early fascination with stems to Seymour Krelborn's distorted doting in Little Shop of Horrors.
But now, in What a Plant Knows , the renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz presents an intriguing and scrupulous look at how plants themselves experience the world—from the colors they see to the schedules they keep.
Highlighting the latest research in genetics and more, he takes us into the inner lives of plants and draws parallels with the human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with sunflowers and oak trees than we may realize.
Chamovitz shows how plants know up from down, how they know when a neighbor has been infested by a group of hungry beetles, and whether they appreciate the Led Zeppelin you've been playing for them or if they're more partial to the melodic riffs of Bach.
What a Plant Knows
Covering touch, sound, smell, sight, and even memory, Chamovitz encourages us all to consider whether plants might even be aware of their surroundings. A rare inside look at what life is really like for the grass we walk on, the flowers we sniff, and the trees we climb, What a Plant Knows offers us a greater understanding of science and our place in nature.
The book is ok, but it was showered with so much praise that I was expecting a lot more. When you realize how much plants know, you may think twice before you bite them.
This entertaining and educational book is filled with wondrous examples that underscore how the legacy of shared genomes enables plants and animals to respond to their environments.
You'll see plants in a new light after reading What a Plant Knows. Chamovitz is a master at translating the science of botany into the language of the layman. After reading this book you will never again walk innocently past a plant or reach insensitively for a leaf. You will marvel and be haunted by a plant's sensory attributes and the shared genes between the plant and animals kingdoms.
I commend this engaging text to all who wonder about life on earth and seek a compelling introduction to the lives of plants as revealed through centuries of careful scientific experimentation.Daniel Chamovitz.
A Field Guide to the Senses
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