Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants (Ebook)

Darwin's Botany Today

Ken Thompson

A rediscovery of Darwin the botanist and his theories on insectivorous and climbing plants

Most of us think of Darwin at work on The Beagle, taking inspiration for his theory of evolution from his travels in the Galapagos. But Darwin published his Origin of Species nearly thirty years after his voyages and most of his labours in that time were focused on experimenting with and observing plants at his house in Kent. He was particularly interested in carnivorous and climbing plants, and in pollination and the evolution of flowers.
Ken Thompson sees Darwin as a brilliant and revolutionary botanist, whose observations and theories were far ahead of his time - and are often only now being confirmed and extended by high-tech modern research. Like Darwin, he is fascinated and amazed by the powers of plants - particularly their Triffid-like aspects of movement, hunting and 'plant intelligence'.
This is a much needed book that re-establishes Darwin as a pioneering botanist, whose close observations of plants were crucial to his theories of evolution.

Publication date: 01/11/2018

£5.99

ISBN: 9781782834366

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B07CJVGR8K

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics, Travel & Nature

Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants (Paperback)

Darwin's Botany Today

Ken Thompson

A rediscovery of Darwin the botanist and his theories on insectivorous and climbing plants

Most of us think of Darwin at work on The Beagle, taking inspiration for his theory of evolution from his travels in the Galapagos. But Darwin published his Origin of Species nearly thirty years after his voyages and most of his labours in that time were focused on experimenting with and observing plants at his house in Kent. He was particularly interested in carnivorous and climbing plants, and in pollination and the evolution of flowers.
Ken Thompson sees Darwin as a brilliant and revolutionary botanist, whose observations and theories were far ahead of his time - and are often only now being confirmed and extended by high-tech modern research. Like Darwin, he is fascinated and amazed by the powers of plants - particularly their Triffid-like aspects of movement, hunting and 'plant intelligence'.
This is a much needed book that re-establishes Darwin as a pioneering botanist, whose close observations of plants were crucial to his theories of evolution.

Publication date: 04/07/2019

£8.99

ISBN: 9781788160292

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics, Travel & Nature

Reviews for Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants

'Vivid account ... with a light touch and a welcome sense of humour, Thompson reveals Darwin as an acute observer of flora as well as fauna'

Jane Shilling Daily Mail

'Lively and punchy ... Thompson's arguments are powerful and his examples are fascinating'

 The Sunday Times

'Thompson makes his case in a lively, readable style ... Better yet, he bolsters his argument with plenty of citations from the scientific literature, which adds welcome heft.'

 New Scientist

''Fascinating, provocative... Ken Thompson presents a stimulating challenge to our perceptions of nature''

George Monbiot 

Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson

Dr Ken Thompson was for twenty years a lecturer in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He writes regularly on gardening for the Daily Telegraph. His previous book was Do We Need Pandas? The uncomfortable truth about biodiversity.