The Wisdom of Trees

Author: Max Adams

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 1781855455

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 7367


A passionate and informative celebration of trees and of man's ingenuity in exploiting their resources: the perfect gift for anyone who cares about the natural world. Trees are marvels of nature, still-standing giants of extraordinary longevity. In a beautifully written sequence of essays, anecdotes and profiles of Britain's best-loved species (from yew to scots pine), Max Adams explores both the amazing biology of trees and humanity's relationship with wood and forest across the centuries. Embellished with images from John Evelyn's classic SYLVA (1664), THE WISDOM OF TREES is a gift book that will delight anyone who cares about the natural world and our interaction with it.

The Hidden Company That Trees Keep

Author: James B. Nardi

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691237972

Category: Nature

Page: 312

View: 7467


"This book takes a deep dive into the complex and endlessly fascinating relationships between trees and the many organisms that rely on them throughout their entire lifecyles. Some of these stories will be familiar, but others, particularly at the micro-level, will be something of a revelation. Nardi examines every part of the tree to show how the tiniest organisms use micro spaces in leaf scales, twigs, or bark to thrive while larger organisms such as birds and mammals exploit the individual tree's more visible resources and - in return - help seed dispersal or other types of propagation. Nardi's immense knowledge is captured in fully accessible text alongside his own copious and wonderful drawings, rendered in both black-and-white and color. The result is a masterly overview that will guide the reader through the co-evolutionary history of organisms and their tree hosts"--

The Beauty of Trees

Author: Michael Jordan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780875584

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 522


This illustrated tour of the world's most extraordinary trees provides an insight into some of the natural world's most astonishing structures. Through 100 photographs, The Beauty of Trees tells the story of our relationship with trees throughout history. Each image is supported by information about the botany of the tree, along with the stories, traditions and legends associated with it. From the giant sequoias of California to the bonsai of Japan, the pink tulip tree of the Himalayas to the Scots pine - and even the humble acorn - award-standard photography and insightful text bring the majesty and mystery of the world's trees to life.

The Story of Trees

Author: David West,Kevin Hobbs

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1786277891

Category: Science

Page: 216

View: 889


“Wonderful stories and in-depth information you will normally never find in books about trees.” Piet Oudolf, Landscape Designer and creator of the planting design for New York’s High Line “Entwining fascinating facts about 100 trees with inspiring stories of their importance to ancient civilizations, trade, religious and pagan beliefs, wellbeing and medicinal uses over the ages, this delightful and well-researched book provokes curiosity on every page.” Dr. Alexandra Wagstaffe, Eden Project Learning The Story of Trees takes the reader on a visual journey from some of the earliest known tree species on our planet to the latest fruit cultivars. The chosen trees have all had a profound effect on the planet and humankind. Starting with the Ginkgo biloba, fossils of which date back 270 million years, we learn about how trees came to be integral to the development of our species, and how specific trees have become important religious, political, and cultural symbols. With beautiful illustrations by Thibaud Herem and fascinating botanical facts and figures, this book will appeal to tree lovers from all over the world. “Within these pages, we hope to inform and inspire those who already have a love of trees, as well as those who otherwise may have taken them for granted. The Story of Treesis our story, but also that of our ancestors. It is about our relationship with some of the world’s most important trees, both on a local scale and globally. With so many trees to choose from, we have endeavored to feature those that have been, and in most cases continue to be, of cultural and practical value to humankind.” -From the Introduction of The Story of Trees

The Beginning of Politics

Author: Kirsi Pauliina Kallio,Jouni Hakli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317616014

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

View: 9149


The conventional wisdom according to which children’s lives should be safe from adult concerns tends to situate them categorically outside the political. Thus understood, children become political agents when they reach maturity and eligibility to formal participation. Alternatively, political skills and competences may be seen to develop gradually through political socialization. Both views are challenged in recent scholarship on youthful politics beyond the formal, adult-centered political world. This book considers politics as it appears and unfolds in children and young people’s everyday lives. The collection problematizes several key concepts in the research field and introduces a relational reading of youthful political agency based on social, spatial and political theorization. The chapters engage with youthful realities in Sri Lanka, Palestine, Sweden, New Zealand, the US and the UK, revealing a variety of ways in which children and youth are important political actors in their own right. The book also includes an extensive literary review on the study of children and young people’s politics in the past decade. This book was originally published as a special issue of Space and Polity.

Trees of Life

Author: Max Adams

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691212732

Category: Gardening

Page: 272

View: 6214


An informative, richly illustrated book about eighty of the world's most important and remarkable trees.

The Human Dimensions of Forest and Tree Health

Author: Julie Urquhart,Mariella Marzano,Clive Potter

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319769561

Category: Social Science

Page: 498

View: 1147


This book explores the specifically human dimensions of the problem posed by a new generation of invasive pests and pathogens to tree health worldwide. The growth in global trade and transportation in recent decades, along with climate change, is allowing invasive pests and pathogens to establish in new environments, with profound consequences for the ecosystem services provided by trees and forests, and impacts on human wellbeing. The central theme of the book is to consider the role that social science can play in better understanding the social, economic and environmental impacts of such tree disease and pest outbreaks. Contributions include explorations of how pest outbreaks are socially constructed, drawing on the historical, cultural, social and situated contexts of outbreaks; the governance and economics of tree health for informing policy and decision-making; stakeholder engagement and communication tools; along with more philosophical approaches that draw on environmental ethics to consider ‘non-human’ perspectives. Taken together the book makes theoretical, methodological and applied contributions to our understanding of this important subject area and encourages researchers from across the social sciences and humanities to bring their own disciplinary perspectives and expertise to address the complexity that is the human dimensions of forest and tree health. Chapters 5 and 11 are open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via link.springer.com.

The Chief of Rally Tree

Author: Jennifer Boyden

Publisher: Skyhorse + ORM

ISBN: 1510732705

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

View: 1405


Winner of the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature: “Boyden explores the shifting lines between civilization and the natural world” (Megan Kruse, author of Call Me Home). Dina’s gone. She left a note, she left her plants, and she left what her husband, Roal, thought was her entire world. Nothing remained but some frozen dinners and the mysterious last line of her final message: I do love you ever Dina. Prof. Roal Bowman, best known in the sleepy college town of Braddock as a fake Zen master who used to pretend to be Native American and never lived up to his potential, by no means saw it coming. How could he have guessed his wife would run away to help the famous Winter Patent, a man who had literally lived with wolves, on a grand project to embrace the consciousness of trees? He thought Dina had been happy. But the more Roal digs, the more he realizes he never truly knew or understood his wife, he never really listened, and now that Dina has disappeared, he must become something more—something real—if he hopes to get her back. And he’ll have to do it quickly: he’s not the only one who wants to find Dina and Winter . . . “Inventive, smart, and often hilariously funny, The Chief of Rally Tree delivers a social critique both searing and sly.” —Ann Pancake, Whiting Award winner “I devoured this book and dreamt of a vegetal realm where being and love might yet matter.” —Lidia Yuknavitch, national bestselling author of The Book of Joan

Gaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

Author: Carl C. Gaither,Alma E. Cavazos-Gaither

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387495770

Category: Science

Page: 1793

View: 4427


Scientists and other keen observers of the natural world sometimes make or write a statement pertaining to scientific activity that is destined to live on beyond the brief period of time for which it was intended. This book serves as a collection of these statements from great philosophers and thought–influencers of science, past and present. It allows the reader quickly to find relevant quotations or citations. Organized thematically and indexed alphabetically by author, this work makes readily available an unprecedented collection of approximately 18,000 quotations related to a broad range of scientific topics.