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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Papadakis; First edition (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906506213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906506216
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The minute intricacies of plant life, exposed by microscopy, are breathtaking and beautiful. --Nicola Davis, The Times

The book transcends the coffee table, providing undergraduates with a grounding in key aspects of whole plant biology. The text is accessible and key terminology is supported within the glossary. A must-have, fabulous book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in life science. --The Biologist, 2012

This sumptuous book takes readers on a journey through time, from the first plant cell to the complex flora of today. It combines detailed text with gorgeous macro photogrpahy to explore the significance of plant cells - the powerhouses of life on Earth --BBC Wildlife, 2012

About the Author

Prof. Stephen Blackmore is the Regius Keeper of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, responsible for the overall management and scientific direction of the Garden. Previously he was a research botanist at the Natural History Museum in London. His research has concentrated in the areas of palynology, botanical microscopy and systematics and his achievements have been recognised by two Linnean Society medals.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By buddingbotanist on 12 Mar. 2013
Green Universe is a beautiful, glossy introduction to the world of plants. Several themes are intertwined through the book: the evolution of green plants, the microscopic structures of plants that form the foundation of their biological activities and diversity, and the history of the science of microscopy itself.

The book contains a host of basic biological information which I imagine would be useful to the student - and indeed would make their studies "come alive" for them - but with its fascinating anecdotes and easy style is also accessible and interesting to a more general audience.

Buy this book for its pictures! I love the range - from a b&w photo of the 1950s scientists trying to re-create the origin of life, to the beautiful 1920s prepared slides, to high-tech scanning electron microscope pictures (I love the "space rocket" pollen grains!). My only complaint would be that the range of pictures is rather heavy on the SEM and macro-side, with few examples of the wide range of other microscopical techniques that are today in use.
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This is far more than a large coffee table book. It is an excellent textbook on modern plant biology and I believe would be a great asset in households with adolescent children with an interest in biological science. Other than that, the whole book is beautifully designed and illustrated and should fascinate anyone with even a moderate interest in the global importance of plants in our continued survival.
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For lovers of art, photography or design,or those simply looking for a new addition to their coffee table, this essentially academic publication is a surprisingly rewarding discovery. Its stunning photography against black backgrounds for both cover illustrations and much of the text gives glorious emphasis to the wonderfully intense colours and fascinating - and natural - forms of plant cells. A jewel of a book.
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By philip James Beere on 10 Sept. 2014
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great book excellent purchase
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