The Triumph of Seeds

The Triumph of Seeds

How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

Book - 2015
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As seen on PBS's American Spring LIVE, the award-winning author of Buzz and Feathers presents a natural and human history of seeds, the marvels of the plant kingdom.

"The genius of Hanson's fascinating, inspiring, and entertaining book stems from the fact that it is not about how all kinds of things grow from seeds; it is about the seeds themselves." -- Mark Kurlansky, New York Times Book Review

We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life: supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and pepper drove the Age of Discovery, coffee beans fueled the Enlightenment and cottonseed sparked the Industrial Revolution. Seeds are fundamental objects of beauty, evolutionary wonders, and simple fascinations. Yet, despite their importance, seeds are often seen as commonplace, their extraordinary natural and human histories overlooked. Thanks to this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more. This is a book of knowledge, adventure, and wonder, spun by an award-winning writer with both the charm of a fireside story-teller and the hard-won expertise of a field biologist. A fascinating scientific adventure, it is essential reading for anyone who loves to see a plant grow.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780465055999
0465055990
Branch Call Number: 581.467 Han
Characteristics: xxv, 277 pages : illustrations

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KathleenFKS
Nov 09, 2018

Thor Hanson provides an excellent analysis of botanical features of seeds and their evolution and demonstrates how vitally important seeds have been to the development of human societies and history. His writing style is entertaining while at the same time providing much scientific detail. I found the chapter on coffee beans (seeds) particularly fascinating.

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