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Seeds: Time Capsules of Life (Anglais) Relié – septembre 2009

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Seeds are perfect little bundles of life that carry within them the next generation of a species. Should they fail in their mission to reach a suitable place to germinate and grow, their species is doomed to extinction, forcing plants to develop an astonishing range of strategies to ensure that their seeds make the most of their once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel. The appearance of the first seeds some 360 million years ago was a momentous step in the evolution of land plants. Since then they have evolved into highly sophisticated structures that have enabled plants to conquer almost every habitat from the Antarctic to the hottest deserts. True time capsules of life, seeds may travel thousands of miles and, if necessary, wait for hundreds of years before germinating. They range from the giant Seychelles nut that weighs twenty kilos to the tiny dust-like seeds of orchids and include the mesmerizing blue seeds of the Malagasy Traveller's Tree, the perfectly aerodynamic wafer-thin gliders of the Monkey Pod and, most extraordinary, the seeds of the parasitic Desert Hyacinth that resemble a miniature honeycomb. In this informative and enthralling book, artist Rob Kesseler and seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank present a natural history of seeds, illustrated with stunning close-up photographs and scanning electron micrographs that reveal an astonishing microcosm where the tiniest examples are the most beautiful and sophisticated. Seeds constitutes a treasure trove to enlighten and inspire both those fascinated by the natural world and artists, designers, and indeed scientists. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

Biographie de l'auteur

Visual artist Rob Kesseler is University of the Arts London Chair in Arts, Design & Science. His long career has often used plants as a source of inspiration. In 2001 he was appointed NESTA* Fellow at Kew. Since then he has worked with microscopic plant material. He was 2010 Year of Bio-Diversity Fellow at the Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal. His work has been shown in museums and galleries in the UK, Europe and North America, including solo exhibitions at The Victoria & Albert Museum, Kew Gardens and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society and Royal Society of Arts. (*National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Wolfgang Stuppy is the Seed Morphologist at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank based at Wakehurst Place in Sussex. At the heart of this large international project, which collects and stores seeds and fruits from all over the world, Dr. Stuppy has found the ideal environment to feed his passion for research into the astonishing diversity of seeds and fruits. A specialist in a rarely studied field, Dr. Stuppy teaches seed biology to university students and members of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership within the UK and overseas. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful, but with unfortunate editing and design issues 26 novembre 2013
Par Teri C - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
There's no denying that this is a beautiful book--the seeds are strange and wonderful and the photography is peerless. It is also chock-full of information, which is why I acquired it. The level of detail (including careful explanations of exceptions and anomalies) is impressive.

I cannot give the book a rave review, however, because of the editing and the layout. I strongly suspect that an editor waded into this mass of information and injected a subhead every few paragraphs--the content/tone of these subheads is usually somewhat helpful (e.g. "Homage to the gymnosperms--at least they look good on paper" and "Creeps and jerks") but at odds with the precise scientific information that follows. Consequently the book is jarring to read (and I would venture to guess that the author of the body text was not always pleased).

The book is also jarring to read because of the design. The type is VERY small (maybe 5 or 6 points?); even with reading glasses, I find myself peering at the words. They are made even harder to read by the design. On one page the tiny words are in white or orange type (!) on a black page, then as you continue and turn the page, there is an abrupt shift to black type on a white page, or a purple page. Distracting at best. Oy vey.

Overall a marvelous achievement, but not very well-served by the production. WITH THE EXCEPTION of the photo quality: the photos are truly sharp and glorious.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beware! 12 mars 2015
Par Jane C. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Beware! This is a "compact edition" -- meaning shrunk! The original editions were approximately 1 x 12 x 11; this is 1 x 9 x 8.5. The photographs are still amazingly beautiful, but you may need a magnifying glass to read the print!
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful book -- but be warned -- much reduced in size 12 juin 2014
Par hollyc - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I own "Pollen" and "Fruit" and have long wanted "Seeds" in the same series. I was very disappointed as this book seems to have been much reduced in size from the original size of the other two books so that the text is practically illegible.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating visual story of seeds 15 mars 2015
Par KC - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This beautifully illustrated and very well written book will keep you coming back to marvel over the amazing seed. As a biology major 40 years ago I endured the required botany course. This book lured me in with the spectacular photosmicrographs and the simply written text taught me more about the plant world in one weekend than a whole semester.....but this not an academic book per se. My only criticism is that the font was too small and that reading white on a black background or atop an illustrated background made the reading way more difficult than it had to be. In my opinion this book should have been published in in a larger traditional " coffee table" size. The extra cost would have been worth it and there would have been room for more reasonably sized font and all text could have been dark on white or light colored background without sacrificing the way the colored seeds pop against the dark background. Maybe in the second edition ??
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 SEEDS: lets me share with others my passion with seeds. 11 mars 2012
Par Lincoln County MT - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I am biased as all get out. Even though electron microscope work tends towards more art than the nitty gritty ID plates we scientists are so often seeking this book as well as the Pollen companion helps show my friends & family why I'm so passionate about seeds. Especially the microscopic sized itsy ones. It's a lovely book to lay out on your coffee table or on your guest room night stand. It sooths your senses now and again when you need a break away from the grind of actual seed work. Awe these bizzare colors and beautiful images magnified hundreds if not thousands of times yet crisp and focused. Such a delight and treat now and again...sitting outside on a calm day relaxing with a glass of ice tea. I'm so glad I have this book and the Pollen one too. I find the price listed here today a bit over the top. And no I don't want to re-sell my copy back to Amazon or at all for that matter. I got my copy for under 30.00 just two years ago and though a used copy it was like brand new. Not a book to use to ID but one to inspire.....relax and enjoy and yes even relish when you are a seed person.
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