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5.0 out of 5 stars Intended as a text book but captivating for anybody curious,
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This review is from: Trees: Their Natural History (Paperback)This book was clearly intended as a text book, but Dr Thomas has the gift of posing problems for the plant and then explaining how trees have solved that particular problem. Scientifically it is bang up to date and is well illustrated, but it also has that 'gosh, wow' factor that leaves one in little doubt why trees are the masters of the planet. The book ends rather abruptly without a nice summary conclusion, but I guess that this was because of limits of space allowed by the publisher. This is the best botanical book that I have ever read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A resource for a student, a good read for those who love trees,
This review is from: Trees: Their Natural History (Paperback)The Technicians Certificate and Professional Diploma in Arboriculture will require you to know how trees got started and how they work. This book makes that vital information interesting.
If you are a keen Arboriculturalist wanting to learn more but are worried it means reading whilst yawning, i recommend this book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the list,
This review is from: Trees: Their Natural History (Paperback)Packed with information but so well written that it is anything but dry.I've now read it several times and it is still a joy to do so.Far and away the best botanical book about trees I know of.
4.0 out of 5 stars its great but...,
This review is from: Trees: Their Natural History (Kindle Edition)The book itself is very good and well worth the money I spent but the next day i found it on the internet as a free downloadable PDF or text. Dont waste your money...
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas trees,
This review is from: Trees: Their Natural History (Paperback)I bought this for my husband at Christmas. He says it is beautifully written and he loves to browse it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book,
This review is from: Trees: Their Natural History (Paperback)Wasnt looking forward to having to read this as part of my course but it was really interesting and I could actually understand this. Plenty of diagrams to back up points being made.
5.0 out of 5 stars almost perfect book!,
This review is from: Trees: Their Natural History (Paperback)after a longish search I found this title on Amazon, it looked good and turned out to be very good!
The book will be well used over the next few months!
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force of accessible science,
This review is from: Trees: Their Natural History (Paperback)An awesome book which very successfully combines accessibility and sheer enthusiasm for the subject with high quality, peer reviewed, quantitative science. A great read which gives a very comprehensive understanding of the biology of trees. If you wish to pursue a subject further, each section is extensively referenced; it was an invaluable tool in my MSc studies.
5.0 out of 5 stars The very model of a good book,
This review is from: Trees: Their Natural History (Paperback)I really like this book, it seems to me not only good on its subject but a lesson to all on how an introductory book on a subject should be written. The categorisation of the subject is a bit loose but the main business of the book is a joy. I just felt the mysticism of the subject being stripped away as I read it. It was a slow read only because I wanted to take in all the useful asides and carefully chosen phrases that characterise the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read,
This review is from: Trees: Their Natural History (Paperback)Written in a clear an easy to understand manner. I found this to be a useful addition to my library when studying the RFS Certificate in Arboriculture.
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Trees: Their Natural History by P. A. Thomas (Paperback - 13 Feb 2000)