Niklas, Karl J. and Hanns-Christof Spatz.

Many of our greatest physicists, mathematicians, and engineers such as Galileo and Leonardo da Vinci have learned much from studying plants. A symbiotic relationship between botany and the fields of physics, mathematics, engineering, and chemistry continues today, as is revealed in this book. The result of a long-term collaboration between plant evolutionary biologist Karl J. Niklas and physicist Hanns-Christof Spatz, this book presents a detailed account of the principles of classical physics, evolutionary theory, and plant biology in order to explain the complex interrelationships among plant form, function, environment, and evolutionary history. Covering a wide range of topics, from the development and evolution of the basic plant body and the ecology of aquatic unicellular plants to mathematical treatments of light attenuation through tree canopies and the movement of water through plants’ roots, stems, and leaves, this book is destined to inspire students and professionals alike to traverse disciplinary membranes.

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University of Chicago Press, January 2014.  448 pages, Octavo, paperback, black and white photographs, illustrations, diagrams.


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Weight 620 g