As a long-time enthusiast of the Very Short Introductions series form Oxford University Press, I was very pleased to discover last year that they have another series dedicated to providing any interested reader with the essential information needed for a better understanding of a range of subjects: What Everyone Needs to Know.
For the whole of the recorded history of our species – and quite likely much longer than that – humans have looked to the plant kingdom for relief from their pains, illnesses, and injuries, insight into their metaphysical conundrums, and inspiration for their reveries. Leaving the latter two of these categories aside for the present […]
Kara Rogers‘ new book Out of Nature; Why Drugs from Plants Matter to the Future of Humanity instantly went to the top of my “to read” short list the moment I finished reading the press release about it from the University of Arizona Press. After all, the combination of botany and ecology with the all-too-pressing but seldom […]