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Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants: Darwin's Botany Today

Ken Thompson



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28 November 2018
Mathematics & Sciences; Botany & plant sciences
Most of us think of Darwin at work on The Beagle, taking inspiration for his theory of evolution from his travels in the Galapagos. But Darwin published his Origin of Species nearly thirty years after his voyages and most of his labours in that time were focused on experimenting with and observing plants at his house in Kent. He was particularly interested in carnivorous and climbing plants, and in pollination and the evolution of flowers.

Ken Thompson sees Darwin as a brilliant and revolutionary botanist, whose observations and theories were far ahead of his time - and are often only now being confirmed and extended by high-tech modern research. Like Darwin, he is fascinated and amazed by the powers of plants - particularly their Triffid-like aspects of movement, hunting and 'plant intelligence'.

This is a much needed book that re-establishes Darwin as a pioneering botanist, whose close observations of plants were crucial to his theories of evolution.
By:   Ken Thompson
Imprint:   Profile
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   379g
ISBN:   9781788160285
ISBN 10:   1788160282
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   28 November 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ken Thompson is a plant biologist with a keen interest in the science of gardening. He writes and lectures extensively and has written five gardening books, including Compost and No Nettles Required, as well as books on biodiversity (Do We Need Pandas?) and invasive species (Where Do Camels Belong?).

Reviews for Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants: Darwin's Botany Today

In this quietly riveting study, plant biologist Ken Thompson reveals Charles Darwin as a botanical revolutionary * Nature * [It] illuminates how the Victorian scientist's groundbreaking studies on climbing and carnivorous forms of vegetation, including grape vines and the Venus flytrap, revolutionalised several branches of botany. This short book is a delightful introduction to these extraordinary plants and brings the natural science right up to date, while also offering insight into Darwin's pioneering work. -- Mark Cocker * New Statesman * Engaging ... a fascinating insight * Gardens Illustrated *

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