The Life Of A Leaf

Paperback | September 16, 2013

bySteven Vogel

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In its essence, science is a way of looking at and thinking about the world. In The Life of a Leaf, Steven Vogel illuminates this approach, using the humble leaf as a model. Whether plant or person, every organism must contend with its immediate physical environment, a world that both limits what organisms can do and offers innumerable opportunities for evolving fascinating ways of challenging those limits. Here, Vogel explains these interactions, examining through the example of the leaf the extraordinary designs that enable life to adapt to its physical world.

In Vogel’s account, the leaf serves as a biological everyman, an ordinary and ubiquitous living thing that nonetheless speaks volumes about our environment as well as its own. Thus in exploring the leaf’s world, Vogel simultaneously explores our own.

A companion website with demonstrations and teaching tools can be found here: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/sites/vogel/index.html


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In its essence, science is a way of looking at and thinking about the world. In The Life of a Leaf, Steven Vogel illuminates this approach, using the humble leaf as a model. Whether plant or person, every organism must contend with its immediate physical environment, a world that both limits what organisms can do and offers innumer...

Steven Vogel is a James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of biology at Duke University. His most recent books include Cats’ Paws and Catapults and Glimpses of Creatures in Their Physical Worlds.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:September 16, 2013Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022610477X

ISBN - 13:9780226104775

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Table of Contents

Preface
1  Starting the Story
2  Seeking Illumination
3  Diffusing Gases
4  Flowing Gases
5  Leaking Water
6  Raising Water
7  Interfacing with Air
8  Keeping Cool
9  Cleaning Surfaces
10  Staying Unfrozen
11  Staying Stiff and High
12  Surviving a Storm
13  Making and Maintaining
14  Winding It Up
List of Symbols, Abbreviations, and Conversions
Notes
References and Index of Citations
General Index

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“This book is a happy reminder that science can become much less daunting in the hands of an enthusiastic teacher.”