Around the World in 80 Plants
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Often beautiful, sometimes deadly, but constantly ingenious, plants are the sources of life and delight, myth and mayhem. Everybody who has the slightest interest in plants - and people - and wonders why we need to conserve botanical biodiversity should read this book - Nigel Chaffey, Botany. A lot of her personal work is inspired by London’s architecture and the relationship between Nature and urbanisation.
and I have become more conscious than ever of the power of stories that intertwine science with history and culture. IX и X веков, «снотворную губку» с мандрагорой, болиголовом, опиумом и другими травами держали под носом больного. Maybe you'll just want to read up on one of the 80 plants or at other times get stuck into a geographic section. In a gloriously illustrated follow-up to his bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees, Drori takes the reader on a botanical journey across the world, exploring the science, history and cultural significance of a fascinating range of plants.
This book, which I admit I didn't finish, is a hodgepodge of variously gathered facts and impressions of plants from around the world. If you are a botanist, or someone that is interested in the science of botany, then I suggest to pick up a different book. With a colorful cast of characters all brought to life by illustrator Lucille Clerc, this is a botanical journey of beauty and brilliance. How could you possibly separate Corn and the USA, Papyrus and Egypt, Tomato and Spain, Hops and Germany, Indigo and Bangladesh, or Cacao and the Ivory Coast? I have a small gripe with the illustration style - whilst I understand the choice, it wasn’t always clear what the entire plant actually looked like (scale, detail, etc), and I found myself frequently turning to google to get a better idea.
Also, this book is so good that I bought myself a copy to have halfway through reading my copy from the library. Anyway, the author of this book seems just as enthusiastic about plants as I am and is very much involved in trying to save as many as possible despite current challenges such as habitat loss. De wetenschappelijke naam, hoe de plant eruit ziet, de plaats in de geschiedenis, cultuur en mythologie,… echt een fijne ontdekkingstocht!It is a credit to his skill and dedication that every fact-filled sentence is rich in information about each chosen plant, be it ethnobotanical, economic, folklore, myth, history, religion, culinary or etymology - not a word is wasted. With the perfect combination of history, biology and geography; I now feel totally at ease spewing brand new facts about plants I seen all my live but never thought to understand.
We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Plants are absolutely fascinating, and it was wonderful to immerse myself in their beauty while learning about the cultural and ecological significance they have had around the world—sometimes profound and sometimes just plain quirky. Random facts can be fun, but not when there is a lot of anthropomorphisms going around, misunderstandings of science and especially ecology, biogeography, and morphology. I definitely love having these three books in my collection (the 3rd one, the one about birds, wasn't written by this author but was produced in the same way by the publisher so I consider them a series) and hope there will be more (about other animal families, for example). In this, Jonathan Drori has written another remarkable book and distilled fascinating content into each two-page exposé.If you think you know about the humble potato (Drori's paragraph on our Great Famine is admirably balanced) or tomato or nettle or dandelion, you'll learn still more here, while also learning about exotica such as mandrake and carnivorous plants. It's fair to say that Jonathan Drori, who has spent his life involved with plants and is now a member of the Council of Ambassadors of WWF and The Woodland Trust, has a real place in his hear for the simple and overlooked. Op haar kleurrijke prenten, soms paginagroot, zie je zowel het geheel als knappe details van de betreffende planten. I’m afraid they are the hussies of the flower world and with that information I can no longer look at them without imagining a poor bee thinking it got a mate when instead it got duped.