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The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

David George Haskell



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Black Inc
31 March 2020
Mathematics & Sciences; Philosophy of science; Popular science; Ecological science, the Biosphere
Lindy's Peregrinations #5 - Trees, my engineer-partner once said, would not have been designed by a scientist. Just as well, because there is so much more to a tree than trunk and roots, branch and leaves. This book looks very intriguing - it takes ten different trees and shows the networks around them. Whether the fungal communities which contribute to a tree's health or enables communication with others nearby, or bacterial secret highways, or the links to insects, animals, humans that assist their dispersal. History, science, philosophy - a rich exploration of trees; and as I can't go out quite yet and just sit under my favourites down the reserve, this will do nicely in the meantime! Lindy Jones


The acclaimed author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature's most magnificent networkers - trees.

In The Songs of Trees, David George Haskell brings his acute powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans. He visits a dozen trees around the world, exploring their connections with webs of fungi, bacterial communities, cooperative and destructive animals, and other plants. An Amazonian ceibo tree reveals the rich ecological turmoil of the tropical forest, along with threats from expanding oilfields. Thousands of miles away, a balsam fir in Canada survives in poor soil only with the help of fungal partners, in links nearly two billion years old.

By unearthing charcoal left by Ice Age humans and petrified redwoods in the Rocky Mountains, Haskell shows how the Earth's climate has emerged from exchanges among trees, soil communities and the atmosphere. Now humans have transformed these networks, powering our societies with wood, tending some forests but destroying others.

Through his exploration, Haskell shows that this networked view of life enriches our understanding of biology, human nature and ethics. When we listen to trees, nature's great connectors, we learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance and beauty.
By:   David George Haskell
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   286g
ISBN:   9781760641986
ISBN 10:   1760641987
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   31 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Haskell is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South, and a Guggenheim Fellow. The Forest Unseen won multiple science and literary awards, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into twelve languages. The Songs of Trees won the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Writing and has been translated into sixteen languages.

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