The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things -- Stories from Science and Observation

The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things -- Stories from Science and Observation

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Overview

“Peter Wohlleben’s curiosity about the natural world, his sense of wonder at its complexity and beauty, and his clear and compelling writing have combined in The Secret Wisdom of Nature. As you read these pages you will understand why I so admire him and am so in love with his work.” —Jane Goodall

The third book in The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy: Book One, The Hidden Life of Trees, and Book Two, The Inner Life of Animals, are available now.

Nature is full of surprises: deciduous trees affect the rotation of the Earth, cranes sabotage the production of Iberian ham, and coniferous forests can make it rain. But what are the processes that drive these incredible phenomena? And why do they matter?

In The Secret Wisdom of Nature, master storyteller and international sensation Peter Wohlleben takes readers on a thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. In this tour of an almost unfathomable world, Wohlleben describes the fascinating interplay between animals and plants and answers such questions as: How do they influence each other? Do lifeforms communicate across species boundaries? And what happens when this finely tuned system gets out of sync? By introducing us to the latest scientific discoveries and recounting his own insights from decades of observing nature, one of the world’s most famous foresters shows us how to recapture our sense of awe so we can see the world around us with completely new eyes.

Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771643887
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: The Mysteries of Nature , #3
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 51,992
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)

About the Author

Peter Wohlleben is the acclaimed author of the New York Times-bestsellers The Hidden Life of Trees, The Inner Life of Animals, and The Secret Wisdom of Nature. His children's books include Can You Hear the Trees Talking? and Peter and the Tree Children. He spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ecological ideas into practice. Today he manages a forest academy and an environmentally friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests. Jane Billinghurst’s career has been in book publishing in the UK, the US, and Canada, as an editor, publisher, writer, and translator.

Table of Contents

1. Of Wolves, Bears, and Fish
2. Salmon in the Trees
3. Creatures in Your Coffee
4. Why Deer Taste Bad to Trees
5. Ants—Secret Sovereigns
6. Is the Bark Beetle All Bad?
7. The Funeral Feast
8. Bring Up the Lights!
9. Sabotaging the Production of Iberian Ham
10. How Earthworms Control Wild Boar
11. Fairy Tales, Myths, and Species Diversity
12. What’s Climate Got to Do with It?
13. It Doesn’t Get Any Hotter Than This
14. Our Role in Nature
15. The Stranger in Our Genes
16. The Old Clock

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"Peter Wohlleben’s curiosity about the natural world, his sense of wonder at its complexity and beauty, and his clear and compelling writing have combined in this book, The Secret Wisdom of Nature. As you read these pages you will understand why I so admire him and am so in love with his work." — Jane Goodall

"With scientific accuracy and easy-to-understand language, Peter Wohlleben shows us the secret, sacred relationships among living beings on this miraculous planet" — Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

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