As plants see it, humans are not the masters of the Earth but only one of its most unpleasant and irksome residents. They have been on the planet for only about 300,000 years ago (nothing compared to the three billon years of plant evolution), yet have changed the conditions of the planet so drastically as to make it a dangerous place for their own survival. It's time for the plants to offer advice.
In this playful, philosophical manifesto, Stefano Mancuso, expert on plant intelligence, presents a new constitution on which to build our future as beings respectful of the Earth and its inhabitants. These eight articles - the fundamental pillars on which plant life is based - must henceforth regulate all living beings.
Praise for The Incredible Journey of Plants: 'Mancuso is a genial narrator who effortlessly interweaves science with history, philosophy, and humor and introduces fascinating characters, very much including the plants themselves, which take on human, even heroic, traits.'
― Wall Street Journal
A gripping series of evolutionary history vignettes about plants that have coexisted either in spite of or due to human intervention ... a new perspective on that hazy term, nature. ― Salon
An absorbing overview of botanical history and why its understanding is vital to the earth's future. ― Parade
Mancuso is the poet-philosopher of the movement, determined to win for plants the recognition they deserve. -- Michael Pollan ― New Yorker
Mancusois captivating and eye-opening, and will make you stop and think. His fervour and wit jolt the reader out of apathetic anthropocentrism and awaken in the fascinating world of plant intelligence. ― Guardian
About the Author
Stefano Mancuso is a leading authority in plant neurobiology, which explores signalling and communication at all levels of biological organization. He teaches at the University of Florence and has been ranked 'world changer' by the New Yorker. His works, including The Revolutionary Genius of Plants and The Incredible Journey of Plants, are widely translated all over the world.