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The Life of a Leaf
by Steven Vogel
University of Chicago Press, 2012
Paper: 978-0-226-10477-5 | eISBN: 978-0-226-85942-2 | Cloth: 978-0-226-85939-2
Library of Congress Classification QK649.V644 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 575.57

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

A companion website with demonstrations and teaching tools can be found here: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/sites/vogel/index.html



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