What a Plant Knows A Field Guide to the Senses

ISBN-10: 0374533881
ISBN-13: 9780374533885
Edition: N/A
Authors: Daniel Chamovitz
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Description: “Enough absorbing science to concede that plants continue to inspire and amaze us.” —The Wall Street JournalHow 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?  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

“Enough absorbing science to concede that plants continue to inspire and amaze us.” —The Wall Street JournalHow 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 inLittle Shop of Horrors. But now, inWhat 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 plants might even beaware.     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 Knowsoffers us a greater understanding of science and our place in nature.

Prologue
What a Plant Sees
What a Plant Smells
What a Plant Feels
What a Plant Hears
How a Plant Knows Where It Is
What a Plant Remembers
Epilogue: The Aware Plant
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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