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Darwin and the Art of Botany: Observations on the Curious World of Plants (Hardcover)

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Uncover Darwin’s most important writings about plants with this important collection featuring expert interpretations and rare illustrations.

Charles Darwin is best known for his work on the evolution of animals, but in fact a large part of his contribution to the natural sciences is focused on plants. His observations are crucial to our modern understanding of everything from the amazing pollination process of orchids to the way that vines climb. Darwin and the Art of Botany collects writings from six often overlooked texts devoted entirely to plants, and pairs each excerpt with beautiful botanical art from the library at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, creating a gorgeously illustrated volume that never existed in Darwin's own lifetime, and hasn't since. Evolutionary botanist and science historian James Costa brings his expertise to each entry, situating Darwin's words in the context of the knowledge and research of the time. The result is a new way of visualizing Darwin's work, and a greater understanding of the ways he's shaped our world.

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“This book is a must-read for anyone with an interest in Charles Darwin and or botanical history.”—Bird Booker Report
Product Details
ISBN: 9781643260792
ISBN-10: 1643260790
Publisher: Timber Press
Publication Date: October 17th, 2023
Pages: 380
Language: English