The Secret Life of Plants

The Secret Life of Plants
Title The Secret Life of Plants PDF eBook
Author Peter Tompkins
Publisher HarperCollins
Pages 416
Release 2018-06-12
Genre Nature
ISBN 006287442X

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Explore the inner world of plants and its fascinating relation to mankind, as uncovered by the latest discoveries of science. A perennial bestseller. In this truly revolutionary and beloved work, drawn from remarkable research, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird cast light on the rich psychic universe of plants. Now available in a new edition, The Secret Life of Plants explores plants' response to human care and nurturing, their ability to communicate with man, plants' surprising reaction to music, their lie-detection abilities, their creative powers, and much more. Tompkins and Bird's classic book affirms the depth of humanity's relationship with nature and adds special urgency to the cause of protecting the environment that nourishes us.


Title Flora PDF eBook
Author DK
Publisher Penguin
Pages 440
Release 2018-10-23
Genre Photography
ISBN 0744046319

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Let the experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens guide you around the beautiful and mysterious world that is the plant kingdom. From regulating the air we breathe to providing food, clothes, fuels, and medicines - plants are fundamental to our lives. Discover an extraordinary diversity of species, which includes a grass that grows a meter a day, roots that breathe air, and "queen of the night" cactuses whose rare blooms vanish before dawn. In a combination of art and science, Flora celebrates plants from majestic trees to microscopic algae, explaining how they germinate, grow, and reproduce. It presents species that have evolved to accommodate pollinating insects such as the foxglove, and plants that have adapted to flourish in even the most hostile of habitats. Pierre-Joseph Redoute in the 18th-century was described as the "Raphael of flowers". Flora showcases his botanical paintings as well as those of Georg Ehret and others in this gorgeous visual celebration of plants through the ages. Whether you are a keen gardener, naturalist, or botany student, this beautiful book is a treat that will entice, inform, and amaze.

The Secret Lives of Plants!

The Secret Lives of Plants!
Title The Secret Lives of Plants! PDF eBook
Author Janet Slingerland
Publisher Capstone
Pages 33
Release 2012
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 1429676868

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"In graphic novel format, explores plant biology, including life cycle, photosynthesis, transpiration, respiration, and reproduction"--Provided by publisher.

The Life of Plants

The Life of Plants
Title The Life of Plants PDF eBook
Author Emanuele Coccia
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Pages 176
Release 2019-01-16
Genre Philosophy
ISBN 1509531548

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We barely talk about them and seldom know their names. Philosophy has always overlooked them; even biology considers them as mere decoration on the tree of life. And yet plants give life to the Earth: they produce the atmosphere that surrounds us, they are the origin of the oxygen that animates us. Plants embody the most direct, elementary connection that life can establish with the world. In this highly original book, Emanuele Coccia argues that, as the very creator of atmosphere, plants occupy the fundamental position from which we should analyze all elements of life. From this standpoint, we can no longer perceive the world as a simple collection of objects or as a universal space containing all things, but as the site of a veritable metaphysical mixture. Since our atmosphere is rendered possible through plants alone, life only perpetuates itself through the very circle of consumption undertaken by plants. In other words, life exists only insofar as it consumes other life, removing any moral or ethical considerations from the equation. In contrast to trends of thought that discuss nature and the cosmos in general terms, Coccia’s account brings the infinitely small together with the infinitely big, offering a radical redefinition of the place of humanity within the realm of life.

Seed to Seed

Seed to Seed
Title Seed to Seed PDF eBook
Author Nicholas Harberd
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Pages 324
Release 2006-05-01
Genre Nature
ISBN 1582344132

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Part field notebook, part sketchbook, and part diary, relates these observational narratives to the life history of an 'iconic' plant, giving a description of what is 'seen' and of the hidden molecular mechanisms that underlie the visible events in the pl

What a Plant Knows

What a Plant Knows
Title What a Plant Knows PDF eBook
Author Daniel Chamovitz
Publisher Macmillan
Pages 192
Release 2012-05-22
Genre Gardening
ISBN 0374288739

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Explores the secret lives of various plants, from the colors they see to whether or not they really like classical music to their ability to sense nearby danger.

The Emerald Planet

The Emerald Planet
Title The Emerald Planet PDF eBook
Author David Beerling
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 416
Release 2017-05-12
Genre Science
ISBN 0192529781

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Plants have profoundly moulded the Earth's climate and the evolutionary trajectory of life. Far from being 'silent witnesses to the passage of time', plants are dynamic components of our world, shaping the environment throughout history as much as that environment has shaped them. In The Emerald Planet, David Beerling puts plants centre stage, revealing the crucial role they have played in driving global changes in the environment, in recording hidden facets of Earth's history, and in helping us to predict its future. His account draws together evidence from fossil plants, from experiments with their living counterparts, and from computer models of the 'Earth System', to illuminate the history of our planet and its biodiversity. This new approach reveals how plummeting carbon dioxide levels removed a barrier to the evolution of the leaf; how plants played a starring role in pushing oxygen levels upwards, allowing spectacular giant insects to thrive in the Carboniferous; and it strengthens fascinating and contentious fossil evidence for an ancient hole in the ozone layer. Along the way, Beerling introduces a lively cast of pioneering scientists from Victorian times onwards whose discoveries provided the crucial background to these and the other puzzles. This understanding of our planet's past sheds a sobering light on our own climate-changing activities, and offers clues to what our climatic and ecological futures might look like. There could be no more important time to take a close look at plants, and to understand the history of the world through the stories they tell. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.