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The Secret Life of Trees How They live and Why They Matter Colin Tudge s The Secret Life of Trees How they Live and Why they Matter explores the hidden role of trees in our everyday lives and how our future survival depends on them What is a tree As this cele

  • Title: The Secret Life of Trees: How They live and Why They Matter
  • Author: Colin Tudge
  • ISBN: 9780141012933
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Secret Life of Trees: How They live and Why They Matter By Colin Tudge, Colin Tudge s The Secret Life of Trees How they Live and Why they Matter explores the hidden role of trees in our everyday lives and how our future survival depends on them.What is a tree As this celebration of the trees shows, they are our countryside our ancestors descended from them they gave us air to breathe Yet while the stories of trees are as plentiful as leColin Tudge s The Secret Life of Trees How they Live and Why they Matter explores the hidden role of trees in our everyday lives and how our future survival depends on them.What is a tree As this celebration of the trees shows, they are our countryside our ancestors descended from them they gave us air to breathe Yet while the stories of trees are as plentiful as leaves in a forest, they are rarely told.Here, Colin Tudge travels from his own back garden round the world to explore the beauty, variety and ingenuity of trees everywhere from how they live so long to how they talk to each other and why they came to exist in the first place Lyrical and evocative, this book will make everyone fall in love with the trees around them A love letter to trees Financial Times One of those books you want everyone to have already read Sunday Telegraph Wonderful, invaluable and timely Tudge is as illuminating a guide as one could wish for Daily Mail Everyone interested in the natural world will enjoy The Secret Life of Trees I found myself reading out whole chunks to friends The Times Books of the YearColin Tudge started his first tree nursery in his garden aged 11, marking his life long interest in trees Always interested in plants and animals, he studied zoology at Cambridge and then began writing about science, first as features editor at the New Scientist and then as a documentary maker for the BBC Now a full time writer, he is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and visiting Research Fellow at the Centre of Philosophy at the London School of Economics His books include The Variety of Life and So Shall We Reap.

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    1. Did you know that trees communicate with one another using electric pulses Did you know that when animals nibble on trees they chemically warn neighbor trees Or that trees will help feed nearby sickly trees No, I did not either If you find these facts interesting you will like this book Reading this revealing account of the inner life of trees makes me realize the movie Avatar is less fiction than I thought.

    2. Mixing history, biology, botany, natural history, philosophy and politics, this is quite some read It is intensely written, laden with facts and ideas, and is best consumed slowly as there s a great deal to get to grips with It rewards patience however, and is one of the best things I ve read in a while Thoroughly recomended, if you like books you can really get your teeth into.

    3. The first 100 pages contain everything you ve ever wanted to know about trees The next 200 pages contain everything you ve never wanted to know about trees The final 100 pages are a pretty informative look at how humans use trees and the role they can play in climate change.

    4. My original The Tree A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live Why They Matter audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.The Tree A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter by Colin Tudge doesn t list that it is an ordered history of trees But, the lack of order makes this book less a factual text than winding inquiry If you ve ever walked into a forest and started asking the big questions, and started answering them, you ll get a f [...]

    5. My current writing obsession is trees, which, of course, requires that I read about trees I found Colin Tudge s compendium to be comprehensive utterly fascinating I admit to nodding off a bit while reading the technical chapters in which he surveys trees as botanically classified into order, family, genus at the same time I was intrigued by many unexpected relationships among both herbaceous woody species Although Tudge doesn t mention Canadian tree ecologist Diana Beresford Krueger, his commen [...]

    6. Colin Tudge attracted my attention for having written several books about diverse subjects I am fascinated by, not the least of which is trees In The Tree, Tudge lives up to that promise, proving himself a very likable man who thinks about the world in many ways similarly to the way I do This is in general a boon, but can be a downfall The book has no real goal, no thesis, no object It is a well organized series of writings about the trees of the world, including explanations of many facets of w [...]

    7. Who doesn t like trees Despite that popularity, it is easy to have a rather lopsided understanding of why they matter Global warming is constantly in the news, so it is commonly known that trees sequester carbon, and so have a beneficial cooling effect on the earth We know that the roots of trees hold soil in place, and that trees can absorb an enormous quantity of water So they have a moderating effect on variations of weather But how many people can identify all the trees found in a local park [...]

    8. Hmmmmmm I have mixed feelings about this book There is a lot of information about Trees and the writing style isn t bad, but the middle section is rather tedious The book has a few black and white sketches illustrations of trees My edition of the book ISBN 9780307395399 also has very thin pages maybe recycled and a flimsy cover If you are buying this you may want to get a different edition or the hardcover version.The book is divided into parts Part 1 What is a Tree Explains what a tree is and i [...]

    9. If you love trees, this book is a must read, for it will astound you This fascinating book uses trees to illuminate evolution and the ways the life works in the world, so in the end, you learn a lot than just about trees.Colin Tudge also teaches us about the incredible strength and complexity of trees We learn about how trees communicate with each other and interact with other plants and animals in their environment He tells how they cope with adversity, cooperate and even help each other.Human [...]

    10. The book does not quite live up to the title, being largely a survey of the classification system with some occasional pieces of interesting information thrown in I was expecting to have some in detail explanation of how trees work from the inside But perhaps that would not be popular science It did not help that I read the book on the Kindle which is not very good for illustrations and tables.

    11. It s not as good as the cover made it out to be, and it s certainly not a natural history classic, but it s a fun, well written overview Part of the problem, I think, is that the task that Tudge set out for himself in surveying all the world s trees is so vast that either the book needed to be much longer, or the project needed to be toned down considerably There s just not enough detail for this to be really excellent.

    12. Another recommendation from a friend from far far away A true tree lover And it seems that I receive very good recommendations lately.The book starts by explaining some basic things about what trees are, how they evolved to be what they are and how they are categorised into species, families and so on Then there is an extensive part of the book talking about all the different categories of trees that I or less skipped in order to go to the most interesting part of the book Trees relationships w [...]

    13. An interesting treatise on trees around the world Roughly divided into three sections The first deals with definitions, naming, evolution and what really defines trees from other plants wood with lots of little trivia thrown in The middle section is a broad survey of the world s tree diversity following the taxonomic tree This part is fairly dry with LOTS of latin names as it s primarily dealing with trees at the order, family, and genus level Relevant common names and references are thrown in w [...]

    14. I really enjoyed this one A great popular science book on trees It explains kinds of trees, Life cycle, anatomy and biology It does so in a lyrical way often digressing into parts about how trees were used in history and there are many references to other fields like philosophy, history, and art A very pleasurable read and I now can tell a dicot from a monocot.Update February 22, 2017 On listening to this book on audible years later I got much out of it With a proviso, readers will like the fir [...]

    15. Only truly passionate botanists and foresters will love the majority of this book, which is an in depth discussion of the characteristics of the many species of trees that bless our planet HOWEVER, the last two sections of the book The Life of Trees and Trees and Us, should be compulsory reading for all humans Colin weaves a beautiful and disturbing picture of the future of the planet, should we allow our forests and wild trees to be destroyed He also presents a clear vision of the world we coul [...]

    16. I learned so much fascinating shit from this book Wasps and figs, why deciduous leaves turn brown in autumn, why so many plants in the rainforests colour their new growth red, natural history, how awesome conifers are, the crazy ingenous root system of redwoods I even learned about eucalypts, which I knew pretty damn well already on account of having several hundred in the few acres around me The prose is often clunky e.g Still, though, it is not true, as has often been argued of late, that and [...]

    17. This isn t a book that you pick up and read in one sitting There is a lot of information, and it is worth savouring You might think that a book all about trees would be boring, but this book is far from it It written not only very accessibly, but also beautifully I thought the beginning and the end of the book were the best parts, with general information about trees The lengthy middle section contains a description of nearly all the types of trees that exist, and while its impossible to retain [...]

    18. I loved this book but it is so detailed that I had to skip over several sections there was no way I d remember all of the details On the other hand, I ll treasure this book as a reference for later If I want to know about the rose family, I know exactly where I ll go first Tudge offers wonderful descriptions of what I assume are all the families of trees It makes for much less dry reading than an encyclopedia would Regarding the final chapter I can t stop thinking about how Tudge details the im [...]

    19. Well, the author is extraordinarily knowledgeable and passionate about trees and I learned a great deal while reading this book Unfortunately, he s overly chatty in a way that feels like he presumes much about our relationship, mainly that the reader will find him all sorts of witty and wonderful Ugh It could be a personality conflict I love Nicholas Basbanes and he tends to do the same thing, though I don t find myself considering him a twit At any rate, the short version lots of interesting in [...]

    20. I turned to this after reading Hope Jahrens Lab Girl, thinking that my tree knowledge was nonexistent This was a start butDidn t matter that I read this on the Kindle there were not enough pictures The documentation of taxonomy is excessive without pictures and diagrams The science was tantalizing but not enough.Same for how trees are used.Overall, got me interested in botany I have bought a freshman botany textbook, and will read it, and this is the best recommendation I can give Tudge s idea b [...]

    21. I listened to this after The Secret Life of Trees Tudge has a very informative book about trees almost too informative The first part is about the different types of trees, be prepared there are a lot of trees in the world.

    22. well written but very intense in information Lots of interesting things about trees and lots and lots of tree names.

    23. The Tree is a fantastic, if foreboding, tome of information about those plants we call trees It starts from zero, explaining the most basic of questions What is a tree and going from there It is, admittedly dense, and packed with information that s not to say, however, that it s not readable After teaching the basic history of plants, the basic physiology of plants, and the basic components of trees, it moves to a section with the tall order of describing ALL THE TREES IN THE WORLD.The ALL THE T [...]

    24. A great book to start learning about the world of trees, from the simple fact that what is diff between a tree and other plants ,to how they communicate, have evolved A nice insight for me and our responsibility towards them

    25. The Tree starts out with a simple question what is trees, which like many simple questions, is very difficult to answer I would have a hard time coming up with a definition Colin Tudge explains why it is difficult and comes up with a practical working definition of a tree Then he goes into why tree forms work and how trees interact with the environment Next he gives an overview of the state of the art in estimating the number of species of trees and their classification and then a history of the [...]

    26. This is a fairly comprehensive overview of the trees of the world and trees in the world It is divided into four sections.The first is a general introduction to trees, including some quick schooling on the biology and evolution of trees.The second section is a whirlwind but still fairly lengthy tour of the all the plant families that contain trees While all families are covered, the focus on specific trees within those families Tudge s choices here are idiosyncratic, and we are treated to fascin [...]

    27. I was frankly disappointed The biggest section of the book, 150 pages of the 400, is a gazetteer of tree genera and families it would actually have been better presented as an alphabetical encyclopedia the narrative style doesn t really suit this sort of information at least, not the way Tudge writes The final section starts by insisting that humanity must return to an agrarian existence, though without any realistic agenda as to how this might happen or even convincing reasoning as to why He al [...]

    28. The Finacial Times described this book as a love letter to trees and its a statement that I definitly agree with Colin Tudge describes trees from almost every angle that you can look or think about trees.The book takes you through the evolution of trees to the all the various species that now exist on the planet and then to how they live and communicat with eachother and the enviroment and then to what they mean to us the human raceEvery chapter was facinating epecially the chapter on The life o [...]

    29. An incredibly fascinating book about trees but could also be treated as a good intro to botany for the layperson it lays the groundwork first for understanding plants before studying the woody species I learnt how plants evolved, how they work, how they communicate, how they affect and are affected by their environment and how incredibly diverse trees are That last bit is possibly the books only downfall the mid section is an inventory of all the major genuses of tree in the world Some particula [...]

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