Demons in Eden: The Paradox of Plant Diversity


Demons in Eden: The Paradox of Plant Diversity Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: University of Chicago Press
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169pp, colour photo section. “At the heart of evolution lies a bewildering paradox. Natural selection favours above all the individual that leaves the most offspring – a super-organism of sorts that JS (Professor of Ecology at The Open University) here calls the “Darwinian demon”…So why then, if evolution favours this demon, is the world filled with so many different life forms?” The question is considered using the latest scientific discoveries from the plant world, and explores the astonishing diversity of plant life in areas around the globe including Japan, Florida, Mexico, the Canary Islands and the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Hardback.


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"Jonathan Silvertown has a knack for explaining complex biological concepts in an accessible and engaging way. He deftly uses analogy and example to illustrate his discussions, and often waxes lyrical in his descriptions." - Viveka Neveln, American Gardener "Jonathan Silvertown's enthusiasm for scientific sleuthing is infectious." - Sara Alexander, Science "A delightful series of vignettes about plant diversity and evolutionary biology....It is evident that Jonathan Silvertown is a scientist who can communicate complex scientific ideas to the general public....Highly recommended." - Choice "In this highly readable and pleasantly anecdotal account of the dynamics of the plant world, Jonathan Silvertown suggests that tasting the fruit of evolutionary knowledge may provide us with a ticket for readmission to the Garden of Eden, where we can exercise the privilege by ensuring that biodiversity is conserved. Let us hope that he is right." - Peter D. Moore, Nature"