What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses: Updated and Expanded Edition
ISBN: 0374537127
EAN13: 9780374537128
Language: English
Publication Date: Nov 21, 2017
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.91" H x 8.19" L x 5.31" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Enough absorbing science to concede that plants continue to inspire and amaze us. --The Wall Street Journal

How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can it feel an insect's tiny, spindly legs? And how do cherry blossoms know when to bloom? Can they remember the weather?
For centuries we have 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. Covering touch, sound, smell, sight, and even memory, Chamovitz encourages us to consider whether Read More chevron_right

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