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Seeds: Time Capsules of Life Hardcover (BOOK)– September 12, 2006

Seeds: Time Capsules of Life Hardcover (BOOK)– September 12, 2006


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Seeds, the minute building block of plant life, contain firmaments of otherworldly beauty. Through the marvel of scanning electron photomicroscopy, and in collaboration with two renowned experts, visual artist Kesseler unveils the delicate artistry and vibrant wizardry of these horticultural workhorses in an incandescent blend of exacting science and extraordinary art. Seeds' distinctive shapes and sizes enable them to withstand journeys of thousands of miles and hundreds of years before they complete their task of plant germination. Stuppy energetically relates the story of some 300 million years of evolutionary adaptations that have enabled plants to populate the earth's surface from the Antarctic to the Amazon, while simultaneously drawing attention to the alarming extinction rate of the world's remaining plant species. On a more hopeful note, Stuppy describes the Millennium Seed Bank Project's work collecting and conserving seeds that will ensure the planet's future biodiversity. Carol Haggas


A guide to seeds the likes of which you've never seen before... expose[s], in astonishingly exquisite detail, the beauty and sophistication of seeds. (Mike Gillespie Ottawa Citizen 2007-01-27)

The book contains a huge amount of technical information about seeds and plant anatomy. However, the glorious color format makes it pleasant to dip into again and again, as your botanical knowledge grows. (Clear Englebert West Hawaii Today)

Like a walk through a mystifying alien universe... astounding images of seed... awe-inspiring beauty. Accompanied by fascinating scientific descriptions. (Jessica Damiano Melville Newsday 2006-12-21)

Magnetic... much in the way of information as well: basic descriptions of plant cycles, the history of botanical science, functions of seeds and pollen, and, also enhancing the artistic angle, the history of illustration of the subjects. Large, glossy, elegant, and a treat. (Kim Long Bloomsbury Review)

Astonishing, possibly even groundbreaking... beautiful almost beyond description. You've never seen botanical photography quite like this. (Linda L. Richards January Magazine)

Alexandra Papadakis edits this stunning natural history of seeds, which uses an oversized format/presentation to display close-up photos and electron microscopy images of seed evolution. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew are involved in this reference's publication, which obtains some astonishing images and focuses on the diversity, design and function of seeds the world over. (Bookwatch 2007-05-01)

Stunning ... astonishing images. (Diane C. Donovan The Midwest Book Review)


Product details

Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: Firefly Books (September 12, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1554072212
ISBN-13: 978-1554072217
Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1 x 11.4 inches



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