What a plant knows
Available Available at LBCC Albany Campus Library (Stacks): QK50 .C45 2017
About this work
- What a plant knows
- a field guide to the senses
- Daniel Chamovitz
- How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can it actually feel an insect's tiny, spindly legs? And how do cherry blossoms know when to bloom? Can they actually remember the weather? For centuries we have collectively 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 all to consider whether plants might even be aware of their surroundings. 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 science and our place in nature. -- Provided by publisher. and How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? How do cherry blossoms know when to bloom? For centuries we have marveled at plant diversity and form. Now Chamovitz looks at how plants themselves experience the world-- from the colors they see to the schedules they keep. By drawing parallels with the human senses, he reveals that we have much more in common with sunflowers and oak trees than we may realize. With this inside look at what life is really like for the grass we walk on, the flowers we sniff, and the trees we climb, we get a greater understanding of science and our place in nature. -- adapted from publisher info
About this edition
- Updated and expanded edition ; First revised paperback edition.
- Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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- "Updated and expanded edition"--Cover.
- Prologue -- What a plant sees -- What a plant smells -- What a plant tastes -- What a plant feels -- What a plant hears -- How a plant knows where it is -- What a plant remembers -- Epilogue : the aware plant.
- 9780374537128 and 0374537127
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- New York
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