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Hope Jahren.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9781101873724
Pages/Publication Date 290/2017
Daedalus Item Code 79003
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(Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Prize for Autobiography and a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2016) The recipient of three Fulbright Awards in geobiology and one of four scientists (and the only woman) to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given in the earth sciences, Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is not only a revelatory treatise on plant life, it is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. At the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

"Vladimir Nabokov once observed that 'a writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.' The geobiologist Hope Jahren possesses both in spades. Her new memoir is at once a thrilling account of her discovery of her vocation and a gifted teacher's road map to the secret lives of plants—a book that, at its best, does for botany what Oliver Sacks's essays did for neurology, what Stephen Jay Gould's writings did for paleontology.... By crosscutting between chapters about the life cycle of trees and flowers and other green things, and chapters about her own coming-of-age as a scientist, Jahren underscores the similarities between humans and plants—tenacity, inventiveness, an ability to adapt—but, more emphatically, the radical otherness of plants.... She communicates the electric excitement of discovering something new—something no one ever knew or definitively proved before—and the grunt work involved in conducting studies and experiments.... Along the way, she comes to realize that her work as a scientist is also part of a larger enterprise: she is part of the continuum of scientists who have each built upon their predecessors' work, and who will hand down their own advances to the next generation."—NYTimes

 
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