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Plant and Planet von Anthony Huxley
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Plant and Planet (1978. Auflage)

von Anthony Huxley

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"In the final analysis, man, be he botanist, gardener, or plain Homo sapiens, is utterly dependent on plants, while they can exist quite happily without him. How different from and similar to us is this major life form, and yet how little most of us know about it. Here, then, is the world of plants in all its thrusting vigor, incredible variety, ecological delicacy, and unbelievable ingenuity, presented by a writer whose command of the subject is prodigious. Plants have no bone, shell, muscle, blood, or nerves, and yet their lives have striking parallels with ours. [This book] illuminates their life cycle from germination to death, their life styles, their chemistry and structure, their capacities for colonization, their opportunism, and their amazing sex life--all based on water, air, and soil and fueled by their unique ability to convert light into energy. As English reviewer Adrian Bell said after reading Mr. Huxley's book, 'You soon realize that in strolling in the meadows in the merry month of May you are witnessing an orgy of sex beside which La Dolce Vita is like a bishop's garden party.' In addition to their multifarious sex practices, one marvels at the inventiveness of plants: aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, structural engineering, plumbing, insulation, chemical messengers, the slingshot, the poison dart, the triggered trap, all manner of deception, self-adornment--all these the plants perfected long before mankind. This book literally provides a plant's-eye view of the world. Rigorous in approach and style, it lends little solace to those who hope to make their philodendrons grow by giving them Brahms instead of The Jefferson Airplane. Nonetheless, it cannot fail to fascinate anyone whose chlorophyll-consciousness has been raised by such books as Tompkins' The Secret Life of Plants. By the time one has finished it, one sees the verdant world quite differently and can only nod approvingly when the author says at the end: 'If man wholly or partly destroys himself, the probability is that most natural vegetable life will survive.'"--Dust jacket.… (mehr)
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"In the final analysis, man, be he botanist, gardener, or plain Homo sapiens, is utterly dependent on plants, while they can exist quite happily without him. How different from and similar to us is this major life form, and yet how little most of us know about it. Here, then, is the world of plants in all its thrusting vigor, incredible variety, ecological delicacy, and unbelievable ingenuity, presented by a writer whose command of the subject is prodigious. Plants have no bone, shell, muscle, blood, or nerves, and yet their lives have striking parallels with ours. [This book] illuminates their life cycle from germination to death, their life styles, their chemistry and structure, their capacities for colonization, their opportunism, and their amazing sex life--all based on water, air, and soil and fueled by their unique ability to convert light into energy. As English reviewer Adrian Bell said after reading Mr. Huxley's book, 'You soon realize that in strolling in the meadows in the merry month of May you are witnessing an orgy of sex beside which La Dolce Vita is like a bishop's garden party.' In addition to their multifarious sex practices, one marvels at the inventiveness of plants: aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, structural engineering, plumbing, insulation, chemical messengers, the slingshot, the poison dart, the triggered trap, all manner of deception, self-adornment--all these the plants perfected long before mankind. This book literally provides a plant's-eye view of the world. Rigorous in approach and style, it lends little solace to those who hope to make their philodendrons grow by giving them Brahms instead of The Jefferson Airplane. Nonetheless, it cannot fail to fascinate anyone whose chlorophyll-consciousness has been raised by such books as Tompkins' The Secret Life of Plants. By the time one has finished it, one sees the verdant world quite differently and can only nod approvingly when the author says at the end: 'If man wholly or partly destroys himself, the probability is that most natural vegetable life will survive.'"--Dust jacket.

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