[UCP Books]: The Life of a Leaf

Now in Paperback



 The Life of a Leaf
by Steven Vogel

 

Publication date: September 16, 2013 Paper $25.00 • £17.50
UK publication date: September 23, 2013   ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10477-5

 

“Steven Vogel celebrates serendipitous discoveries and ideas, describing his own in detail, and shows the general reader just how exciting science can be. The central theme of The Life of a Leaf is extracting the extraordinary from the ordinary. In a way, Vogel’s view is that science is at its heart simple—and great fun. I couldn’t agree more.”Nature
 
“Duke University biomechanist Steven Vogel capably demonstrates how a scientist can unite micro and macro perspectives in looking at the natural world. Using the leaf of a plant as his model system of life, he explores aspects of structure, function, and physiology while embedding specific questions in a broader evolutionary context. Thus, as we learn how a leaf (and the plant to which it is attached) uses various strategies to maintain appropriate water balance, we also learn why these strategies are important. Those larger points allow Vogel and his readers to reach beyond botany to the entire natural world. He mixes the principles of biology with those of physics to great effect, demonstrating the constraints the physical world places on living organisms and the limited options available to evolution. . . . His firsthand account of many of his own experiments, and the joy with which he recounts them, brings the scientific process to life.”Publishers Weekly
 
“This book is a happy reminder that science can become much less daunting in the hands of an enthusiastic teacher.”London Review of Books
 
Steven Vogel is a James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of biology at Duke University. His most recent books include Cats’ Paws and Catapults and Glimpses of Creatures in Their Physical Worlds. He is available for interviews. Please contact Carrie Olivia Adams at 773-702-4216 or cadams@press.uchicago.edu for more information.

 

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