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Eating the Sun

How Plants Power the Planet

By Oliver Morton

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Format: Hardback, 384 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 20 August 2007
'Eating the Sun' is the story of the discovery of a miracle: the source of life itself. This book explains how biologists discovered photosynthesis and through it found a new understanding of the history of our planet and how life is inconceivable without it. Photosynthesis is the most mundane of miracles. It surrounds us in our gardens and parks and countryside; even our cityscapes are shot through with trees. It makes the sky blue and nature green. That greenery is the signature of the pigments with which plants harvest the sun; wherever nature offers us greenery, the molecular machinery of photosynthesis is making oxygen, energy and organic matter from the raw material of sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. We rarely give the green machinery that brings about this transformation much thought, and few of us understand its beautifully honed mechanisms. But we are dimly aware that those photosynthetic mechanisms are the basis of our lives twice over: the ultimate source of all our food and the ultimate source of all our breaths. 'Eating the Sun' will foster and enrich that awareness. And by connecting aspects of photosynthesis that are vital to our lives to the crucial role its molecular mechanisms have played through more than two billion years of the earth's history, 'Eating the Sun' will change the way the reader sees the world.

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'Eating the Sun' is the story of the discovery of a miracle: the source of life itself. This book explains how biologists discovered photosynthesis and through it found a new understanding of the history of our planet and how life is inconceivable without it. / The extraordinary account of the photosynthesis miracle and how it has worked to create life on our planet for over 2 billion years. / 'Eating the Sun' will provoke a new understanding and awareness of this crucial life-giving phenomenon and change how we view the planet. / Oliver Morton is the author of the much-praised 'Mapping Mars' which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. / 'Eating the Sun' will appeal across the spectrum of popular science interests. / Competition: Simon Singh, Matt Ridley

About the Author

Oliver Morton is a science writer and journalist. He has written extensively for New Scientist, Nature and a range of National broadsheets.

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Praise for 'Mapping Mars': 'A wonderful work of intellectual history and a permanent addition to the Mars bookshelf.' Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the 'Red Mars' trilogy and 'The Years of Rice and Salt' 'Splendid!the best factual book on Mars that money can buy.' New Scientist 'A remarkable book!to read this book is to become infected with a fascinating which I hadn't realised Mars held.' James Hamilton-Patersons, London Review of Books 'A beautifully intelligent meditation on place, and on the paradoxes of place that apply to a place like Mars!it will be around for a long time to come.' Francis Spufford, Evening Standard

EAN: 9780007171798
ISBN: 000717179X
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd
Dimensions: 24 x 16.4 x 3.1 centimetres (0.85 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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