- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (November 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007163657
- ISBN-13: 978-0007163656
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet Reprint Edition
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“A rare delight....Oliver Morton writes so engagingly that [Eating the Sun] reads as a well-crafted biography of the earth on behalf of the plant kingdom.” (Prospect Magazine)
“I enjoyed this book as much for the crazed asides as for the upsetting insights.” (Sunday Times (London))
“A fascinating and important book” (Ian McEwan, author of Atonement, Saturday, and On Chesil Beach)
From the Back Cover
Wherever there is greenery, photosynthesis is working to make oxygen, release energy, and create living matter from the raw material of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide. Without photosynthesis, there would be an empty world, an empty sky, and a sun that does nothing more than warm the rocks and reflect off the sea.
Eating the Sun is the story of a world in crisis; an appreciation of the importance of plants; a history of the earth and the feuds and fantasies of warring scientists; a celebration of how the smallest things, enzymes and pigments, influence the largest things, the oceans, the rainforests, and the fossil fuel economy. Oliver Morton offers a fascinating, lively, profound look at nature's greatest miracle and sounds a much-needed call to arms—illuminating a potential crisis of climatic chaos and explaining how we can change our situation, for better or for worse.
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I may never eat another salad.
Oliver Morton is very readable, weaving a story of discoveries and personality which I find attractive and helps to bring the chronology alive. There is plenty to read here, but the time spent is worth it.
Furthermore, I've bought multiple copies, because it is such a gem (both in terms of its writing style and its content). There are so many incredible
ideas and facts contained in this volume, that I find it hard to imagine just HOW the author researched and composed such a beautiful book.
If you really want to understand how plant life works and how we figured it all out, this is an awesome book. The book is a slow, but very good read, because the author really spends the time explaining the science of photosynthesis in a way that non-technical people can understand. The stories about the personalities involved in the science of photosynthesis are great as well.
This would make an an A+ book.