In Praise of Plants

ISBN-10: 0881925500

ISBN-13: 9780881925500

Edition: 2002

Authors: Francis Hall�, David Lee, David Lee, David Lee, Francis Hallé

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What do we know about plants, really? Through a rich array of examples, many illustrated in the author's elegant and distinctive style, this book offers a new look at botany. This scholarly yet fun book examines the qualities that make plants unique, so different from animals. Experienced in both the academic and in-the-field sides of science, the opinionated Hall delightfully makes the case that plants differ so profoundly from animals that questions are raised about the meaning of individuality and the nature of life and death.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/26/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 334
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Plants, Animals, and Humans
Who Cares About Palms?
Are Plants Alive?
Contemplating Our Navel
A Bias Bordering on Injustice
The Garden and the Peasant
The Sorcery of Omnipresence
And the Disadvantage of Otherness
A Bit of Psychology
Comparing Plants and Animals
A Visit to the Landscape of Form
Whence Form?
Capturing Energy
Plants, Vast Fixed Surfaces
Animals, Small Mobile Volumes
With Vast Internal Surfaces
Consequences of Growth
The Structure of Space
The Scale of Natural Phenomena
Relationship Between Form and Space
Changing the Scale
One Polarity and Radial Symmetry: Plants
Two Polarities and Bilateral Symmetry: Animals
And Monsters?
What Is an Embryo?
Homeotic Genes
Animal Eggs, Plant Eggs
Animals Are Strange
The Action of Light Remains a Mystery
The Miniature Model Versus the Sample
Closed and Open Development
Stories of Trees
Fixed but Not Immobile
The Time Scale for Plants
Movement and Growth
What Do the Poets Think?
Individuals or Colonies?
The Discovery of Reiteration
What Is an Individual?
Is a Tree an Individual?
Potentially Immortal Beings
Two Ways of Dying
The Cell
Characteristics of the Eukaryotic Cell
Differences in Structure
One Cell Within Another
Differences in Function
Where the Horticulturist Precedes the Biologist
Foreshadowing at the Cellular Level
Plant Biochemistry in a Nutshell
The Silhouette, Cellulose or Protein
A Regrettable Inelegance
A Look at the Krebs Cycle
Biochemistry for Normal Life
Biochemistry for Relief
An Altruistic Tree
A Butterfly That Remembers Shapes
Biochemistry to Take Advantage of Animal Mobility
Are Animals Manipulated by Plants?
A Pinnacle of Beauty
Nauseating Flowers
Copulating Flowers and Animals
Do Plants and Animals Evolve the Same Way?
One Plant, Two Generations
Parasitic Reduction in the Haploid Generation
One Animal, One Generation
Soma and Germ
Do Plants Have a Germ Line?
The Plasticity of Organisms
Who Wins the Prize for Plasticity?
Genomic Plasticity
Generators of Genetic Diversity
Tissue Culture
Hybrids Between Species
Genetic Diversity Within the Plant
The Strangler Figs of Lake Gatun
Sorting Mechanisms
Predatory Action
What Does Plant Sexuality Mean?
What Causes Genetic Diversity Within a Plant?
The Vertebrate Immune System
Stationary Lives and Genetic Diversity
Resistance of Biologists to a Genetics Unique to Plants
Darwin or Lamarck?
Are Bacteria Lamarckian?
How Weeds Defend Themselves Against Herbicides
Must We Choose Between Darwin and Lamarck?
Geographic Convergence
Divaricating Plants of New Zealand
The Beeches of Verzy
Mimes and Mimicry
Two Different Classifications
Of Other Living Beings
Trees and Corals
Coral Architecture
Returning to the Idea of the Individual
Concerning Plasticity
Reticulate Evolution
The Forest and the Reef
How to Live Fixed in Place
Plants and Insect Societies
Evolution of Behavior or of Form?
Looking for Analogues
Is a Plant a Crystal?
Immanence and Transcendence
Give Plants Their Due
Nutrition and Biological Types
Ambiguity in the Relationship Between Eater and the Eaten
Climates and Landscapes
Who Needs the Other Most?
Noah's Two Arks
What Do We Recognize as Success?
In Praise of Plants
Dispersion or Concentration
Are Plants Persons?
The Two Faces of Botany
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