What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses (Anglais) Broché – 30 avril 2013
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Revue de presse
“Thick with eccentric plant experiments and astonishing plant science... Delightful” - The Sunday Times
“Exhilarating” - The RHS Garden
“Elegantly written... Chamovitz lets us see plants in a new light, one which reveals their true wonder.” - The Guardian
“Chamovitz's book is pop science at its best, full of vivid examples of barely imaginable ways of living”--BBC Wildlife, Book of the Month
“An intriguing and scientific - but easy to read - look at how plants experience life ” - Gardens Illustrated
“Plants may be brainless, eyeless and devoid of senses as we know them, but they have a rudimentary “awareness”, says biologist Daniel Chamovitz. In this beautiful reframing of the botanical, he reveals the extent and kind of that awareness through a bumper crop of research.” - Nature
“The reader... will find enough absorbing science to concede that plants continue to inspire and amaze us.” - Wall Street Journal
“By comparing human senses to the abilities of plants to adapt to their surroundings, the author provides a fascinating and logical explanation of how plants survive despite the inability to move from one site to another.”--Kirkus Reviews
“What a Plant Knows is lively, eloquent, scientifically accurate, and easy-to-read... I commend this engaging text to all who wonder about life on Earth, and seek a compelling introduction to the lives of plants revealed through centuries of careful scientific experimentation.” - Professor Stephen D. Hopper, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
“Chamovitz walks the Homo sapiens reader right into the shoes - or I should say roots - of the plant world. You will marvel and be haunted by a plant's sensory attributes and the shared genes between the plant and animal kingdoms.” - Elisabeth Tova Bailey, author of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
“With deftness and clarity, Chamovitz introduces plants' equivalents of our senses, plus floral forms of memory and orientation. When you realize how much plants know, you may think twice before you bite them!” - Hannah Holmes, author of Suburban Safari
“Just as his groundbreaking research uncovered connections between the plant and animal kingdoms, Daniel Chamovitz's insights in What a Plant Knows transcend the world of plants. You'll see plants in a new light after reading this book.” - Gloria Coruzzi, Professor of Biology, New York University
“A fascinating book that explores accessibly the evidence that plants share more properties with animals than most people appreciate.”--John and Mary Gribbin, authors of The Flower Hunters --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié.
Présentation de l'éditeur
What a Plant Knows "is 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. It is a true field guide to the senses for science buffs and green thumbs, and for anyone who seeks a greater understanding of our place in nature. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié.
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Pour les francophones, le texte est clair et facile à comprendre !
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Chamovitz's summary of the work in plant biology should put to rest forever the notion that plants thrive on Mozart and wilt under a dose of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsies, because, as he attests, the one sense plants do not have is hearing. But plants do bend toward light, Venus flytraps snap shut on bugs that land on their leaves and exceed a certain length (which means there is more meat in them), and leaves curl when touched, sense certain smells and react to them, and reorient themselves toward up and down when turned. Plants are not intelligent, Chamovitz cautions, but they are aware. Both books are a pleasure to read and the conclusions reached are intriguing.
I had no technical problems with this Kindle edition.
This is a short, simple read, filled with wonderful molecular biology, plant anatomy and physiology, and scientific history. The book is appropriate for all ages: inspiring scientific curiosity in younger readers, as well as awakening dormant fascination and query in some of the older readers.
I'm a graduate student in Genetics working with plants and I loved this book.