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 the humble peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans help fuel the Enlightenment and cottonseed help spark the Industrial Revolution. And from the fall of Rome to the Arab Spring, the fate of nations continues to hinge on the seeds of a Middle Eastern grass known as wheat. In nature and in culture, seeds are fundamental - objects of beauty, evolutionary wonder, and simple fascination. How many times has a child dropped the winged pip of a maple, marveling as it spirals its way down to the ground, or relished the way a gust of wind(or a stout breath) can send a dandelion’s feathery flotilla skyward? Yet despite their importance, seeds are often seen as a commonplace, their extraordinary natural and human histories overlooked. Thanks to Thor Hanson and this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more.
©2015 Thor Hanson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
"Marc Vietor's mellow, upbeat narration adds personality and energy, and every chapter brings fresh information and insight." (AudioFile)
Author of "Turned Wrong at Ding Dong."
This book looks at the history and evolution of seeds. That's it. Thor Hanson's appreciation of seeds and his passion for study are evident, yet he presented the topic in a lighthearted way that was easy for a layman to follow. I enjoyed this book very much.
I love books that have a small scope, but enlighten me in a big way. This book reminds me of "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" by Tom Standage, which I read a decade ago, but still keep on my desk.
I thought the content and the narrator were perfectly matched. Marc Vietor did excellent work of bringing this book to life.
I would have enjoyed listening to this in one sitting. I didn't, but I did listen to it while I walked, shopped, cooked and washed dishes.
I didn't know much or care much about seeds when I started this book. I can now confidently speak about seeds because I've enjoyed this wonderful lesson and learned a lot without being lectured to.
I liked the narrator, but not for this book. He seems more suited to mystery or thriller, or even sci-fi, but somehow didn't work for me in this documentary or non fiction genre.
Great book though. I thought it seemed like a mildly interesting topic, but it turned out to be a massively interesting topic.
Interested in: Non Fiction, Lectures, Geology, Science, Astronomy, Physics, Early Universe, Big Bang, Evolution (& Religion), Brain science, Brain skills, History - European / Ancient, Exploration.
Concepts from many researchers work laid out and built up with a wealth of experimental findings with wonderful clarity. Enthralling side notes and stories into the part of seeds in history and ever pertinent philosophical paradigms. A core maintained throughout of the story of his own research into the Almendro tree woven perfectly within the wider subject and a sincere admiration of nature's core principles. Brilliant. Thank you Thor, thank you Nature.
I like to listen to good scientific books, lots of non-fiction, and the occasional mystery or historical fiction.
I thought that the author did a good job of describing histories and interesting scientific discoveries without using too many scientific terms. I was hoping it would include more physiology of how seeds develop rather than the descriptions of physical characteristics of seeds. I was not crazy about the readers tone. it made me a little sleepy.
Instructional Designer and Multimedia Biographer
Dr Hanson gave me a look inside seeds, their behavior, and place in the context of history and modern life.
He kept the jargon to Botany 101 and infused each chapter with colorful images and metaphors.
Interesting story about the design and life of seeds. I enjoyed the discussion of how seeds fit into the larger food chain.
"very interesting if you're curious about seeds :)"
great book if you're into permaculture, sustainable seeds, the planet or plants.
Not the most exciting but am very happy to have read it
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