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Inhaltsangabe: In its essence, science is a way of looking at and thinking about the world. In The Life of a Leaf, Steven Vogel illuminates this approach, using the humble leaf as a model. Whether plant or person, every organism must contend with its immediate physical environment, a world that both limits what organisms can do and offers innumerable opportunities for evolving fascinating ways of challenging those limits. Here, Vogel explains these interactions, examining through the example of the leaf the extraordinary designs that enable life to adapt to its physical world. In Vogel's account, the leaf serves as a biological everyman, an ordinary and ubiquitous living thing that nonetheless speaks volumes about our environment as well as its own. Thus in exploring the leaf's world, Vogel simultaneously explores our own.

Rezension: "In "The Life of a Leaf", after decades of research, teaching and general science writing, Steven Vogel has written his most accessible and wise book on the interactions of organisms with the physical world. He is eminently successful in portraying the leaf as a 'biological everyman, an ordinary and ubiquitous living thing that provides the subject for an exploration of our immediate physical world.' Armchair science aficionados and educators will find his frequent do-it-yourself side essays particularly enjoyable and useful. An excellent book."--David Lee, author of Nature's Palette: The Science of Plant Color

"In "The Life of a Leaf," after decades of research, teaching and general science writing, Steven Vogel has written his most accessible and wise book on the interactions of organisms with the physical world. He is eminently successful in portraying the leaf as a 'biological everyman, an ordinary and ubiquitous living thing that provides the subject for an exploration of our immediate physical world.' Armchair science aficionados and educators will find his frequent do-it-yourself side essays particularly enjoyable and useful. An excellent book."
--David Lee, author of Nature s Palette: The Science of Plant Color"

In "The Life of a Leaf," after decades of research, teaching and general science writing, Steven Vogel has written his most accessible and wise book on the interactions of organisms with the physical world. He is eminently successful in portraying the leaf as a biological everyman, an ordinary and ubiquitous living thing that provides the subject for an exploration of our immediate physical world. Armchair science aficionados and educators will find his frequent do-it-yourself side essays particularly enjoyable and useful.An excellent book.
--David Lee, author of Nature s Palette: The Science of Plant Color"

I will never look at a leaf in the same way again in reading this book I learned so much about how leaves work, and in doing so found I felt as if I had done a course in basic physics and engineering without realizing it. This is one of those books that powerfully, and often entertainingly, demystifies science, and as such should appeal well beyond the obvious plant sciences readership.
--Noel Kingsbury, author of Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding"

In The Life of a Leaf, after decades of research, teaching and general science writing, Steven Vogel has written his most accessible and wise book on the interactions of organisms with the physical world. He is eminently successful in portraying the leaf as a biological everyman, an ordinary and ubiquitous living thing that provides the subject for an exploration of our immediate physical world. Armchair science aficionados and educators will find his frequent do-it-yourself side essays particularly enjoyable and useful.An excellent book.
--David Lee, author of Nature s Palette: The Science of Plant Color"

I am astounded by the breadth of the science that can be motivated by simple questions about a leaf or a tree.Refreshingly, the answers come from mechanics and engineering not a DNA sequence in sight!An intelligent and highly readable introduction to important scientific principles in a familiar, human-sized context.
--Ian Stewart, author of In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the"

Any schoolchild who has ever plucked an interesting leaf and pressed it into a book for safekeeping will know there is something magical about these oddly shaped tree appendages. In this eclectic blend of science textbook and layman s field guide, Duke University biology professor Steven Vogel takes the leaf as a model for probing nature s often overlooked inner machinery. . . . Nature lovers and botanists will delight in the details.
--Booklist"

"I will never look at a leaf in the same way again--in reading this book I learned so much about how leaves work, and in doing so found I felt as if I had done a course in basic physics and engineering without realizing it. This is one of those books that powerfully, and often entertainingly, demystifies science, and as such should appeal well beyond the obvious plant sciences readership."
--Noel Kingsbury, author of Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding

"In The Life of a Leaf, after decades of research, teaching and general science writing, Steven Vogel has written his most accessible and wise book on the interactions of organisms with the physical world. He is eminently successful in portraying the leaf as a 'biological everyman, an ordinary and ubiquitous living thing that provides the subject for an exploration of our immediate physical world.' Armchair science aficionados and educators will find his frequent do-it-yourself side essays particularly enjoyable and useful. An excellent book."
--David Lee, author of Nature's Palette: The Science of Plant Color

"I am astounded by the breadth of the science that can be motivated by simple questions about a leaf or a tree. Refreshingly, the answers come from mechanics and engineering--not a DNA sequence in sight! An intelligent and highly readable introduction to important scientific principles in a familiar, human-sized context."
--Ian Stewart, author of In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the

"Any schoolchild who has ever plucked an interesting leaf and pressed it into a book for safekeeping will know there is something magical about these oddly shaped tree appendages. In this eclectic blend of science textbook and layman's field guide, Duke University biology professor Steven Vogel takes the leaf as a model for probing nature's often overlooked inner machinery. . . . Nature lovers and botanists will delight in the details."
--Booklist

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