Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants: A Tour of His Botanical Legacy

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University of Chicago Press
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
Ken Thompson is an independent senior research fellow in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield and former director of the Buxton Climate Change Impacts Laboratory. His recent books include Do We Need Pandas? The Uncomfortable Truth about Biodiversity; Where Do Camels Belong? The Story and Science of Invasive Species; and The Sceptical Gardener: The Thinking Person's Guide to Good Gardening.
"In this quietly riveting study, plant biologist Ken Thompson reveals Charles Darwin as a botanical revolutionary."-- "Nature"
"This is a fascinating insight into the scientist's sheer delight in observing the minutiae of living organisms. Intuitive he may have been, but it was the painstaking hours spent on detailed observation that put him in a position to generate his larger ideas."-- "Gardens Illustrated"
"When Charles Darwin boarded the HMS Beagle at the age of twenty-three, he thought of himself as a geologist, but when he settled down to domestic life back in rural England, plants began to fascinate him. For Darwin, plants provided the near-at-hand evidence of evolution, and he wrote six books about them. Thompson revisits Darwin's botany, showing us how insightful he was, where (rarely) he was wrong and the marvelous discoveries that have been made since, like a plant with roots that trap small organisms, fern spores that walk, and trees that lean towards the equator. Darwin himself would have loved this book."--Jonathan Silvertown, author of Dinner with Darwin: Food, Drink, and Evolution "Gardens Illustrated"