What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses (Paperback)
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Short Description for What a Plant Knows Highlighting the latest research in plant science, Chamovitz dives into the lives of different types of plants, and draws parallels with the human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with plants than previously thought.
- Published: 30 April 2013
- Format: Paperback 177 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780374533885 ISBN 10: 0374533881
- Sales rank: 43,269
Full description for What a Plant Knows
"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 plants might even be "aware." 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 Knows "offers us a greater understanding of botany and science and our place in nature.