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Eating the Sun : the everyday miracle of how…

Eating the Sun : the everyday miracle of how plants power the planet (2007)

by Oliver Morton

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I really wanted to like this and get on with the science in it. It is, after all, supposed to be popular science, and the biology of plants is something I'm really not well versed in at all. I did manage to understand some of the concepts -- the flow of electrons and how that drives energy production -- but overall, I found that it was a bit too high level for me. Although, it's odd, because parts of it were very pop-sciency in the way they focused on the careers of scientists and how they untangled the mysteries of plant respiration. The first few were fascinating, but then it got bogged down in the detail.

Overall, I think someone with more of the basics than me might get on with this a lot better, but I didn't have the focus for it -- and Oliver Morton's writing wasn't as strong for me as, say, Richard Fortey's. I'd read Fortey writing about paint drying and still be interested, while Morton's writing was about on the level of watching paint dry. ( )
  shanaqui | Nov 23, 2014 |
Good, in depth book covering a wide range of topics loosely linked by plants ( )
  gneisslyschist | Sep 7, 2009 |
Photosynthesis. Greenery. Photosynthesis. Research history. Photosynthesis. Gaia metaphor. Photosynthesis. Evolution. Photosynthesis. Carbon/climate crisis. Photosynthesis. 460 pages. Photosynthesis.
  fpagan | Feb 5, 2009 |
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To Nancy Hawes
With thanks, as to the air, and love, as to the light,
And for the flowers that bloom in the spring.
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Here's what happened today. What really happened.
"I am not as senstitive . . ." p. 215
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007163649, Hardcover)

A story of a world in crisis and the importance of plants, the history of the earth, and the feuds and fantasies of warring scientists—this is not your fourth-grade science class's take on photosynthesis.

From acclaimed science journalist Oliver Morton comes this fascinating, lively, profound look at photosynthesis, nature's greatest miracle. Wherever there is greenery, photosynthesis isworking to make oxygen, release energy, and create living matter from the raw material of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide. Without photosynthesis, there would be an empty world, an empty sky, and a sun that does nothing more than warm the rocks and reflect off the sea. With photosynthesis, we have a living world with three billion years of sunlight-fed history to relish.

Eating the Sun is a bottom-up account of our planet, a celebration of how the smallest things, enzymes and pigments, influence the largest things­­—the oceans, the rainforests, and the fossil fuel economy. From the physics, chemistry, and cellular biology that make photosynthesis possible, to the quirky and competitive scientists who first discovered the beautifully honed mechanisms of photosynthesis, to the modern energy crisis we face today, Oliver Morton offers a complete biography of the earth through the lens of this mundane and most important of processes.

More than this, Eating the Sun is a call to arms. Only by understanding photosynthesis and the flows of energy it causes can we hope to understand the depth and subtlety of the current crisis in the planet's climate. What's more, nature's greatest energy technology may yet inspire the breakthroughs we need to flourish without such climatic chaos in the century to come.

Entertaining, thought-provoking, and deeply illuminating, Eating the Sun reveals that photosynthesis is not only the key to humanity's history; it is also vital to confronting and understanding contemporary realities like climate change and the global food shortage. This book will give you a new and perhaps troubling way of seeing the world, but it also explains how we can change our situation—for the better or the worse.

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Traces the science of photosysthesis and its relevance in both history and the modern world, exploring the phenomenon's key role in confronting today's environmental challenges.

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