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Preview — An Orchard Invisible by Jonathan Silvertown
An Orchard Invisible: A Natural History of Seeds
The story of seeds, in a nutshell, is a tale of evolution. From the tiny sesame that we sprinkle on our bagels to the forty-five-pound double coconut borne by the coco de mer tree, seeds are a perpetual reminder of the complexity and diversity of life on earth. With An Orchard Invisible, Jonathan Silvertown presents the oft-ignored seed with the natural history it deserve
I was kind of hoping for more botany and less natural history, but truth in advertising prevailed: the book claimed to be a natural history and it was. I learned some interesting facts, but there was also a lot of fluff, as you'd expect for a natural history written for a popular audience. Overall too much cutesiness.
The best compliment is that I read it to a group of 11 year old girls as a bed time story thinking it would put them to sleep, ...more
Un viaggio affascinamente tra storia culturare (ad esempio l'introduzione in Europa del caffe) e biologia, con un rigoroso approccio evoluzionistico, alla scoperta dei semi e di come questi siano parte integrante della nostra vita.