Natural Histories: 25 Extraordinary Species That Have Changed Our World

Natural Histories Extraordinary Species That Have Changed Our World Prepare to dive to the depths of the sea with foot long giant squid travel through space after the meteorites shooting into our atmosphere and join a dangerous expedition to Antarctica to find th

  • Title: Natural Histories: 25 Extraordinary Species That Have Changed Our World
  • Author: Brett Westwood Stephen Moss
  • ISBN: 9781473617018
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Prepare to dive to the depths of the sea with 100 foot long giant squid, travel through space after the meteorites shooting into our atmosphere and join a dangerous expedition to Antarctica to find the Emperor Penguin egg Discover fleas dressed by nuns, a defeated prince hiding from his enemies in an oak tree and the plant whose legendary screams could drive you mad AcPrepare to dive to the depths of the sea with 100 foot long giant squid, travel through space after the meteorites shooting into our atmosphere and join a dangerous expedition to Antarctica to find the Emperor Penguin egg Discover fleas dressed by nuns, a defeated prince hiding from his enemies in an oak tree and the plant whose legendary screams could drive you mad Accompanying Radio 4 s acclaimed six month series with the Natural History Museum, Natural Histories tells the riveting stories of how our relationships with twenty five unexpected creatures have permanently changed the way we see the world Packed full of fascinating science, history and folklore, this beautiful book brings you face to face with nature, in all its wonder, complexity and invention Fresh from winning the Thomson Reuters prize for Tweet of the Day, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss have written another imaginative and inspiring book Each chapter explores a different species or phenomena, often taking a fascinating object in the museum s collection as a starting point From rock pools and blackberry picking to a shipwreck thousands of miles from land and from David Attenborough on gorillas to Monty Python on dinosaurs, this is a book for anyone curious about the world we live in You ll never take nature for granted again.

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    1. This is the book of the radio programme.Have a look at that cover – very clever! And quite pretty, too.I’m almost totally addicted to Radio 4 and so I have heard bits of several of the radio programmes that make up the subject matter of this book.The basic idea is that each programme/chapter engages with a species or group of species in a variety of ways: their biology, history, conservation, cultural importance, yumminess etc. It’s a simple idea and a perfectly good one. As I have driven [...]

    2. A nice light, interesting read. The book focuses on 25 species, plant, insect, fish and mammal, that all have cultural and scientific significance, and generally correspond to an artifact in the Natural History Museum. Nice and light. Worth a read.

    3. An excellent book that puts into perspective the importance of all animals in the world, whether they be the 'lowly' cockroach or magnificent oak tree, how they've influenced our cultures, inspirations and advancements and what it could be like without them. Really enjoyable read.

    4. It's a perfect mix of nature and its impact on culture. It's fascinating to learn how far away our perception of an animal is from reality (though chapters on some of the more well known animals have little surprises in store in this regard). But overall, it's a very good summary of how animals have influenced popular culture. The book keeps coming up with very interesting tidbits which makes you want to know more.

    5. A dear friend of mine bought me this book in England when she noticed the beautiful cover and then sent it across the pond because she thought it looked like something I'd enjoy. She was right! Written by two naturalists from BBC Radio, each chapter is about a type/group of plant or animal and contains not only biologic information but also cultural bits from the intersection between it and humanity. I've not read anything like this before which includes literary and cultural histories mixed in [...]

    6. A good book to dip into, each chapter is an essay on one species, a plant or an animal, and examines it's cultural significance, combined with curious natural history facts. An easy read, informative.

    7. Natural Histories is a natural sciences book combined with a history one. In each chapter the authors share the history of a type of animal or plant and human relationships with them. Depending on the chapter, they cover stone age humans, ancient civilisations like Greece and Egypt, Victorian early science and modern films. I loved this book. I love history and I love nature and this was the perfect combination between the two. I felt each chapter did a great job at exploring humanity relationsh [...]

    8. If you’re pretty well versed in natural history and biology, this book won’t hold many surprises for you — though it might have a few titbits you’re unaware of. It’s certainly very readable, and the cover design is pretty darn awesome. And slightly creepy, in that way which things of nature can be. (I mean, have you ever seen a rabbit’s skull? Erk.)It might be more enjoyable if read alongside or as a recap for the radio programme it was based on. As it is, it seems to hop around the [...]

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