Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

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Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

Helen and William Bynum are expert guides to the rich histories, significance and uses of the remarkable plants that feed, clothe and shelter us, help transport us and can intoxicate and cure us.
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Plants are truly remarkable: even with all our modern technological prowess they still feed, clothe and shelter us, help transport us and can intoxicate and
cure us. Helen and William Bynum are expert guides to the rich histories, significance and uses of over 80 key plants in 69 entries, revealing our relationship with them, both utilitarian and aesthetic, and their multiple benefits and cultural associations.

Organised thematically, eight sections cover all aspects of our interaction with plants - starting with those crops that were fundamental to the development of cultures and civilizations, and those that enliven our diet beyond the basics, such as saffron and chilli peppers. Other sections look at plants that have helped to create our material world, as well as those that are used medicinally or are revered and adored for symbolic reasons, including the tulip, the rose and the lotus. For anyone interested in the natural world and the extraordinary diversity of flora around us, this elegantly illustrated and covetable book, packed full of materials from Kew's arvhives, will be an inspiration and a delight.



About the authors
Helen and William Bynum are historians of science and medicine and also have a particular interest in plants and their importance in human culture and society. They have written or edited numerous books, including Great Discoveries in Medicine (Thames & Hudson, 2011).



'The wide range of plants looked at range from the familiar - tea and coffee - to the not-so-well-known, such as welwitschia and Mexican yam. Every one has a tale (or several) to tell, and Helen and William relate them in gripping fashion.' Trevor Heaton, Eastern Daily Press, October 2014



'This beautifully illustrated, insightful and well-pitched book will make the ideal gift for plant-obsessed readers.' Matthew Appleby, English Garden, October 2014

Additional Info

Additional Info

  1. Authors: Helen and William Bynum
  2. 240pp. 205 colour illustrations. 246 x 186mm. Hardback
  3. ISBN 9780500517420
  4. Thames & Hudson in association with RBG Kew, 2014

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