Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence

Are vegetation clever? Can they resolve difficulties, converse, and navigate their atmosphere? Or are they passive, incapable of self sustaining motion or social habit? Philosophers and scientists have contemplated those questions when you consider that old Greece, normally concluding that vegetation are unthinking and inert: they're too silent, too sedentary -- simply too varied from us. but discoveries during the last fifty years have challenged those rules, laying off new gentle at the amazing services and complicated inside lives of plants.

In Brilliant Green, Stefano Mancuso, a number one scientist and founding father of the sphere of plant neurobiology, offers a brand new paradigm in our realizing of the vegetal international. Combining a old viewpoint with the most recent in plant technology, Mancuso argues that, because of cultural prejudices and human conceitedness, we proceed to underestimate vegetation. in reality, they procedure details, sleep, keep in mind, and sign to each other -- displaying that, faraway from passive machines, vegetation are clever and acutely aware. via a survey of plant features from sight and contact to communique, Mancuso demanding situations our thought of intelligence, featuring a imaginative and prescient of flowers that's extra subtle than so much imagine.

crops have a lot to coach us, from community development to techniques in robotics and man-made fabrics -- yet provided that we comprehend extra approximately how they stay. half botany lesson, half manifesto, Brilliant Green is an interesting and passionate exam of the interior workings of the plant kingdom.

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