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Brilliant Green
Sense and Intelligence in the Plant World
2nd edition
By (author): Stefano Mancuso By (author): Alessandra Viola Foreword by: Michael Pollan Translated by: Joan Benham
9781610916035 Hardcover, Sewn English General Trade SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany Oct 01, 2015
$27.95 CAD
Forthcoming 127 x 203.2 x 25.4 mm | 300 gr 152 pages 20 b&w illus. Island Press
An engaging introduction to the surprising intelligence of plants.

Dr. Mancuso begins with a deceptively simple question: are plants intelligent? Although plants have long been considered lower organisms, modern botanists have documented an array of surprising plant behaviors: they interact with their surroundings, sleep, communicate, and are capable of choosing and remembering. Dr. Mancuso argues that these complex traits, among many others, show that plants are intelligent and aware far beyond what most people—and even most scientists—realize.

Stefano Mancuso teaches at the University of Florence. He is the Director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV) in Florence, Italy and is one of the founders of the International Society for Plant Signaling and Behavior.

"Mancuso may be provocative, but he’s not alone and he hasn’t been for a long time."
- The Washington Post

Brilliant Green… [is a] timely, highly accessible summar[y] of fast-developing fields… Combine[s] a passion for plants and a desire to illustrate their largely unsung complexities with an appreciation of the burden of proof needed to persuade us of a world that contains chlorophyllic sentience.”
- New Scientist

"Mancuso advocates for a second Copernican revolution, of sorts. Just as medieval people had to concede that the stars and planets don't orbit Earth, we must accept that the living world doesn't revolve around us."
- Maclean's

"Mancuso and Viola blaze a trail of intrigue, to study the seemingly inaccessible, to fathom the unfathomable, to celebrate the essence of life on Earth....This book is nothing short of summer reading that broadens the soul."
- San Francisco Book Review

"A brilliant fusion of historical and modern research, Brilliant Green is a quirky little book can be quickly read, yet it is captivating and eye-opening, and will make you stop and think. The authors’ fervor and wit jolt the reader out apathetic anthropocentrism and we awaken in the fascinating world of plant intelligence."
- The Guardian's GrrlScientist

"Brilliant Green.. lays out the case for approaching plants as fellow intelligent life-forms... key insights to fields across the sciences, from botany to robotics."
- Boston Globe

"A short primer/manifesto on the history and science of the [plant intelligence movement]."
- Salon

"...a compelling and fascinating case not only for plant sentience and smarts, but also plant rights."
- The Guardian

"Brilliant Green… [is a] timely, highly accessible summar[y] of fast-developing fields… Combine[s] a passion for plants and a desire to illustrate their largely unsung complexities with an appreciation of the burden of proof needed to persuade us of a world that contains chlorophyllic sentience."
- New Scientist

"Read this book: it informs and excites the mind. Exuberantly translated from Italian by Joan Benham, Brilliant Green can be read in a sitting...an excellent work."
- The Biologist

"...Mancuso, a leading scientist and founder of the field of plant neurobiology, presents a new paradigm in our understanding of the vegetal world."
- EarthTalk

"[Brilliant Green] is an interesting book about plant intelligence with amazing examples of how plants routinely interact with their surroundings."
- Wildlife Activist

"...an engaging and passionate examination of the inner workings of the plant kingdom"
- Davie Mustangs See The World

"Referring to ground-breaking scientific studies and historical perspectives, the authors shake up our views of the plant world—one that we are totally dependent on for oxygen and food, and one that we cannot afford to take for granted."
- NEXUS Magazine

"[Brilliant Green] is, like the best science, the product of a powerful imagination, one with the ability to see the world from a completely fresh and unencumbered point of view—and to communicate that perspective to the rest of us. So put aside for a couple of hours your accustomed anthropocentrism, and step into this other, richer and more wonderful world. You won’t regret it, and you won’t emerge from it ever quite the same again."
- From the foreword by Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma," "The Botany of Desire," and other books

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