A World in One Cubic Foot - David Liittschwager

How much can live on twelve inches of the Earth? Plenty. In fact, look closely and you’ll find A World in One Cubic Foot (Univ. of Chicago, $45). National Geographic photographer and one-time assistant to Richard Avedon, David Liittschwager traveled the world and focused on one cubic foot of six distinct habitats. Ranging from Central Park to a Central American cloud forest, from Tennessee’s Duck River to a Polynesian coral reef, Liittschwager’s subjects yield not the lush panoramas of classic nature imagery but the finest details of the tiniest creatures. A cubic foot of water under the Golden Gate Bridge harbors some 9,000 living organisms; a drop of this water reveals their diverse shapes, textures, and delicate colors. And who dreamed that the Temae Reef’s squat lobster (.49” across) boasted such dazzling orange spots? Whether you’re looking the minuscule (.39” long) shell-less marine snail in its black speck of an eye or admiring the velvety green moss on a river cooter’s back, these elegant, amazing pictures are simply beautiful. Oh, and—the photos are complemented by essays from distinguished writers—poets, journalists, scientists—who also live in these places.

A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity By David Liittschwager, E. O. Wilson (Foreword by), W. S. DiPiero (Text by), Alan Huffman (Text by), August Kleinzahler (Text by), Elizabeth Kolbert (Text by), Nalini M. Nadkarni (Text by), Jasper Slingsby (Text by), Peter Slingsby (Text by) Cover Image
By David Liittschwager, E. O. Wilson (Foreword by), W. S. DiPiero (Text by), Alan Huffman (Text by), August Kleinzahler (Text by), Elizabeth Kolbert (Text by), Nalini M. Nadkarni (Text by), Jasper Slingsby (Text by), Peter Slingsby (Text by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780226481234
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Published: University of Chicago Press - November 21st, 2012

Latin for Gardeners - Lorraine Harrison

Latin for Gardeners (Univ. of Chicago, $25), by Lorraine Harrison, may sound off-putting, but it’s quite the opposite. A small coffee table book full of meticulous illustrations from the Royal Horticultural Society, it’s also a highly useful source for the etymology of over 3,000 plant names. Harrison’s straightforward organization makes this appealing volume easy just to pick up and browse. And it’s not just for gardeners—any lover of language will find surprises and delights, and no doubt feel a little more clever after perusing just a couple of pages. The delicate thinking that went into the naming of plants was a revelation to me: I gained a new appreciation for the intellectual legacy of gardening, and for the correlation between the names and the plants themselves. Latin for Gardeners is a charming companion for a chilly winter afternoon and a handy reference any time.
Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored By Lorraine Harrison Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780226009193
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 21st, 2012

Feathers - Thor Hanson

Like the Aztecs and Incas who developed skilled crafts using them, or the 19th-century milliners who set them waving from every hat, Thor Hanson is fascinated with Feathers (Basic Books, $15.99). His enthusiasm is infectious and informative. A field biologist, Hanson takes readers through what is known of the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, and speculates on the first function of feathers—which was probably not flight. He presents the various capacities of feathers to warm and cool and keep birds dry, and explains how feathers scatter light to appear colorful. He provides expert commentary on the superb design of feathers and the many ways they have benefited humans, from quill pens (“pen” from Latin penna, for “feather”) to pillows to airplanes, noting that da Vinci and the Wright brothers were all avid birdwatchers.
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle By Thor Hanson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780465028788
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Published: Basic Books - July 31st, 2012

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