- Paperback: 402 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers; 1st Printing edition (March 8, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780060915872
- ISBN-13: 978-0060915872
- ASIN: 0060915870
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 236 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man Paperback – March 8, 1989
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("The Secret Life of Plants", NewYork:HarperCollins, 1973, p.285)
* My sincere apologies: imagine the numbers on the left as the atomic number on the lower left. I don't know how to assign it correctly in this review box).
Tompkins and Bird looked at the periodic table of the elements and properly transcribed the correct atomic nomenclature for each element. But then they confused chemical reactions with nuclear reactions in nonsensical equations that, however, seem perfectly reasonable to the vast majority of even college-educated nonscientists.
Their equations actually describe nuclear reactions that are impossible. But in any case, real nuclear reactions are carried out in nuclear bombs and nuclear reactors (and stars), not in plants. Their entire book is filled with pseudoscientific nonsense.
(Excerpt from "Challenging Nature" by Lee Silver, Paperback ed. 2007, p.229)
Sums it up pretty well. If you don't get the point, please take time to read essentials of chemistry, you won't regret it.
Instead I would like to recommend to you "The Private Life of Plants" by David Attenborough, which accompanied the BBC TV series of the same name.
I gobbled it up as a kid, and it sparked a passion for cultivating orchids and carnivorous plants for a while.