Text The Tree A Natural History of What Trees Are How They Live Why They Matter
The Tree A Natural History of What Trees Are How They Live Why They Matter Epub µ 480 pages ¶ Colin tudge ¶ [Ebook] ➧ The Tree A Natural History of What Trees Are How They Live Why They Matter By Colin Tudge – Gym-apparel.co.uk There are redwoods in CaOw they eat and reproduce how they talk to one another and they do and why they came to exist in the first place He considers the pitfalls of being tall; the things that trees produce from nuts and rubber to wood; and even the complicated debt that we as humans owe themTudge takes us to the in flood when the water is deep enough to submerge the forest entirely and fish feed on fruit while river dolphins race through the canopy He explains the “memory” of a tree how those that have been shaken by wind grow thicker and sturdier while those attacked by pests grow smaller leav Colin Tudge attracted my attention for having written several books about diverse subjects I am fascinated by not the least of which is trees In 'The Tree' Tudge lives up to that promise proving himself a very likable man who thinks about the world in many ways similarly to the way I do This is in general a boon but can be a downfall The book has no real goal no thesis no object It is a well organized series of writings about the trees of the world including explanations of many facets of what it means to be a tree portraits of individual trees and a broad survey of all the tree phyla in the modern world This middle section seems to have been largely a mistake The rest of the book proceeds in narrative form through a number of very interesting aspects of the ecology physiology evolution and human relevance of trees The phylogeny however stifles the narrative voice and forces boring listing I didn't read it suffice it to say so I perhaps shouldn't knock it too much But it reminded me in format much of The Kingdom Fungi which fell prey to the same impulse The impulse is noble and I share it rather than discuss the variety of trees in the world in a series of random groupings it should be done phylogenetically to emphasize the relationships among trees And if you're going about it phylogenetically you might as well include all the major phyla of trees But how can you provide anything very interesting about all of them and present all this knowledge in a meaningful way? The answer seems to be that you can't really This kind of knowledge broad but particular of the whole group of things we call trees must be earned through a lifetime of observation a lifetime of meeting trees It can't be condensed and transferred in even 150 pages And it most certainly can't be done without pictures This is perhaps what killed the middle of the book there are no pictures to give the reader a taste of the phyla described The rest of the book which I read entirely was great as I've said Tudge includes a lot of details but condenses them into a form that is intuitive and dense with information without becoming slow to read Much that could have been included was left out a in depth look at the relationship between trees and humans in history a la A Forest Journey The Story of Wood and Civilization or detailed coverage of tree ecology focusing on things like mycorrhizae or adeuate coverage of tree physiology including some nice diagrams like Botany for Gardeners I could think of dozens of others The book is very long and uite valuable as it is but such topics would have better suited Tudge's style and I think the style of books other than field guides and coffee table books in general than what he chose to do in the middle section of the bookI very much appreciate the fact that Tudge chose to close the book with a serious look at the relationship between the social structure of our civilization and the ecological health of the planet principally seen in this from the point of view of trees While the fact that the treatment of the issue is necessarily superficial it acknowledges there is a very big problem in the world of trees and that it is rooted in economics and culture Tudge emphasizes uite astutely that if that problem can be 'solved' then many other problems will be solved along with it exploitation of workers the indigenous and poor nations; the food issue; the energy issue; the decline of coherent local communities; etc It would have been easy for Tudge or his editors to say 'let this be a happy book about trees; don't bring up all those controversial bad things save that for another book' That he did not indicates some extra goodness in his soil typo?
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Es the following year; and reveals how it is that the same trees found in the United States are also native to China but not EuropeFrom tiny saplings to centuries old redwoods and desert palms from the backyards of the American heartland to the rain forests of the and the bamboo forests Colin Tudge takes the reader on a journey through history and illuminates our ever present but often ignored companions A blend of history science philosophy and environmentalism The Tree is an engaging and elegant look at the life of the tree and what modern research tells us about their futur If you love trees this book is a must read for it will astound you This fascinating book uses trees to illuminate evolution and the ways the life works in the world so in the end you learn a lot than just about treesColin Tudge also teaches us about the incredible strength and complexity of trees We learn about how trees communicate with each other and interact with other plants and animals in their environment He tells how they cope with adversity cooperate and even help each otherHuman beings have worshiped our own great brains and driving ambitions but look at what we have done to our planet over our 50000 years of existence Trees build soil improve rain and water ecologies and provide habitat for hundreds of species Perhaps we need to refocus our attention on nature on how it builds and heals itself?The Tree is a wonderful way to learn about this essential group of species with fascination respect and humor
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The Tree A Natural History of What Trees Are How They Live Why They MatterThere are redwoods in California that were ancient by the time Columbus first landed and pines still alive that germinated around the time humans invented writing There are Douglas firs as tall as skyscrapers and a banyan tree in Calcutta as big as a football fieldFrom the tallest to the smallest trees inspire wonder in all of us and in The Tree Colin Tudge travels around the world throughout the United States the Costa Rican rain forest Panama and Brazil India New Zealand China and most of Europe bringing to life stories and facts about the trees around us how they grow old h My original The Tree A Natural History of What Trees Are How They Live Why They Matter audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook ReviewerThe Tree A Natural History of What Trees Are How They Live and Why They Matter by Colin Tudge doesn’t list that it is an ordered history of trees But the lack of order makes this book less a factual text than winding inuiry If you’ve ever walked into a forest and started asking the big uestions and started answering them you’ll get a feel for how this book works At eight minutes shy of twenty hours the book is comprehensive but not cumbersome I listened to the book on my way up and down a bike trail that stretches a marathon’s distance to a 13 story bridge that spans the Des Moines River valley I started paying attention to the trees on the way up and down that trail in a different way I didn’t start recognizing trees and start spouting Latinate names but gained an appreciation for the difficulty one has in giving names to living things’ relationshipsThe book asks direct uestions with few words that lead to graduate level philosophic answers rooted in facts I’m paraphrasing but some of the uestions include How do we define a tree? Why isn’t a banana plant a tree? Why are there different names for the same tree? Tudge is both thorough and clever with his answers As I listened to the book I found myself longing to speak to other people and ask them what they thought Where textbook chapters represent pieces of a large body of information The Tree takes a single idea and expands builds and welcomes divergent ideasOne divergent idea is the move from appreciating trees as an environmentalist advocate might because humans would die without them Instead like Muir Tudge humanizes trees and their plight against other evils besides humans We don’t often think trees have natural predators Tudge adds a wisdom that trees have in working with other tree species and animal to survive Trees are cooperative dynamic and on a time scale greater than our human lifetimesShould you invest in this book? It depends on what you hope to get out of a comprehensive history If you want efficiency in learning about trees the book will disappoint It is not a textbook or guide But if you can let go of efficiency listen on headphones while walking through trees or closing your eyes in a concrete urban place you will find yourself asking to bring others into the story The book is vibrant with detail soaked in clever language and solid with a scientist’s backing In short The Tree is long on what makes audiobooks brilliant a chance to relax and just let someone else talk without wanting or trying to interruptAfter this long journey alone with The Tree you may want to take the next audiobook trek with a human I recommend Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman narrated by Mike Chamberlain or Lab Girl written and narrated by Hope JahrenNarrator ReviewBe prepared to relax there is no hurry in this Scottish narrator’s voice and he takes his commas and periods seriously At first you’ll notice the narrator his cadence contrasts that of most audiobooks but gradually he becomes a cooling tree’s shadow Most good books begin in media res the middle of the action With a book like this Enn Reitel becomes the great asset letting the listener know it is a twenty hour hike no need to sprint at the start Soon after you put the headphones in he becomes funny in an understated way hitting the scientific punchlines Tudge wrote expertly You’re walking through the forest with your new best friend upset to leave at the endAudiobook was provided for review by the publisher