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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures (English Edition) Formato Kindle
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Few books blew my mind like Merlin Sheldrake's Entangled Life. The research, passion, writing, insights ... Not sure if I've ever learned so much from ONE book. Here is to another scientist who celebrates imagination. Essential reading. Go and get swept up in a new world -- ANDREA WULF, author of The Invention of Nature
A true masterpiece, a thrilling and fascinating insight into the living world, beautifully written, entertaining, funny and inspiring, while representing the science carefully and responsibly. I hope and trust that it will become an instant classic -- GEORGE MONBIOT
I fell in love with this book. Merlin is a scientist with the imagination of a poet and a beautiful writer ... This is a book that, by virtue of the power of its writing, shifts your sense of the human ... It will inspire a generation to enter mycology -- MICHAEL POLLAN (Bay Area Book Festival, 2020)
A dazzling, vibrant, vision-changing book. Sentence after sentence stopped me short. I ended it wonderstruck at the fungal world – the secrets of which modern science is only now beginning to fathom – and the earth-shaking, hierarchy-breaking implications of Sheldrake's argument. A remarkable work by a remarkable writer -- ROBERT MACFARLANE, author of Underland
Wondrous ... an astonishing book that could alter our perceptions of fungi for ever. It seems somehow to tip the natural world upside down -- Rachel Cooke ― Observer
Reads like an adventure story ... wondrous ... beguilingly weaves together lived experience and scientific research -- John Carey ― Sunday Times
After this book, nothing will seem the same again ... beautifully written and illustrated ... dazzling ... reveals a world that's both more extraordinary and more delicate than could be imagined ― Mail on Sunday
The lives of fungi alone are fascinating, but the questions and wider implications that Sheldrake teases out from them are often truly astounding ... an engrossing, captivating journey ... rigorous, comprehensive, perspective-altering ... if this book is any indication, [Sheldrake] has an exciting career in not only science but also literature ahead of him ― Spectator
Entangled Life is gorgeous! Enjoying it very much! Despair of the future of life on earth? Never mind, there will be fungus among us. One way or another -- MARGARET ATWOOD (on Twitter)
Brilliant ... entrancing ... when we look closely [at fungi], we meet large, unsettling questions ... Merlin Sheldrake ... carries us easily into these questions with ebullience and precision ... challenging some of our deepest assumptions ... A 'door-opener' book is one with a specialist subject in which it finds pathways leading everywhere ... Sheldrake's book is a very fine example ― Guardian
Mind-boggling... [Sheldrake] is nothing if not a participatory researcher into his subject and one with a winning sense of humour... it might be a good time to give thanks for this humble lifeform's effect on our lives... It's tempting... to see fungi as the biological model for a better world ― Telegraph *****
A joy ... a captivating trip into the weird and wonderful mycorrhizal world around us - and inside us ... full of startling revelations ― Daily Mail
Riveting and surprising at every turn ... a sensory as well as an intellectual pleasure ... we owe a great debt to Sheldrake for lifting his eyes from the microscope for long enough to enlighten us about the wonders of fungi -- Tim Flannery ― New Statesman
A magical journey deep into the roots of Nature. Merlin is an expert storyteller, weaving the tale of our co-evolution with fungi into a scientific adventure. Entangled Life is a must read for citizen scientists hoping to make a positive difference on this sacred planet we share -- PAUL STAMETS, author of Mycelium Running
Reading this book, I felt surrounded by a web of wonder. The natural world is more fantastic than any fantasy, so long as you have the means to perceive it. This book provides the means -- JARON LANIER, author of Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
This book is like one surprise after another -- DAVID BYRNE
I love him and I love his book Entangled Life. It's absolutely lovely -- RUSSELL BRAND
Sheldrake's charm and curiosity makes for a book that is delightful to read, but also grand and dizzying in how thoroughly it recalibrates our understanding of the natural world, and the often-overlooked organisms within it -- ED YONG, author of I Contain Multitudes
I have been working on and reading and writing about fungi for a decade. And yet, nearly every page of this book contained either an observation so interesting or a turn of phrase so lovely that I was moved to slow down, stop, and reread … This book rocked me into remembering that nature, especially fungal nature, is big and encompassing and creative and destructive. It reminded me that fungi are, like the Universe, sublime -- Rob Dunn ― Science --Questo testo si riferisce alla hardcover edizione.
Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and a writer. He received a Ph.D. in Tropical Ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a predoctoral research fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is a musician and keen fermenter. Entangled Life is his first book.
Find Merlin on Twitter @MerlinSheldrake
And on Instagram @merlin.sheldrake
- ASIN : B07WJ84V9B
- Editore : Vintage Digital (3 settembre 2020)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Dimensioni file : 107697 KB
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- Lunghezza stampa : 356 pagine
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 33,117 in Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Kindle Store)
- Recensioni dei clienti:
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Being satisfied with the science does not imply being satisfied with the communication, though. An overwhelming fraction of the book is just exhausting to go through. The same (few) concepts filling 300 pages are just redundant and a thorough editing could have shrunk the page number considerably. More specifically, in the current shape, the chapters are like a collection of personal, often rambling notes glued together without any attempt to make the result homogeneous. Finding contents and information to retain should not be such a struggle when reading a book. It is curious that one of the few well structured sections reads more like an advertisement of a company creating advanced materials from mycelia.
Overall, asides from the fascinating topic, I just cannot understand how this book has become a bestseller worldwide.
An additional, more general note on scientific communication motivated by this reading. There is plenty of content and knowledge to be exported from academia and disseminated to non-experts. Among the exportable items, frankly, the overdeveloped self-esteem of (some) researchers should be the last one to be considered.
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Did you know that fungi underground networks are sensitive to obstacles, heat, light, electricity, and many other stimuli? Did you know that they can find the shortest way amongst two points? That they have memory? Or that lichens break rocks into soil, and created the first soil on earth making possible for plants to colonise the planet? And these are just the first two and a half chapters...
Why not 5 stars? I do have a criticism. I found the format old fashioned - a few line drawings, with a small section of colour in the middle. If I hadn't read the review in the New Scientist I don't think I would have even bothered to pick it up and look through it. When it was published my Dad bought the New Naturalist, Ramsbottom's Mushrooms and Toadstools - and as a nine year old I was absolutely hooked - first by the wonderful illustrations and then by the text. I think a lot of folk will miss out because this book looks boring, a poor layout and a lack of illustrations. I know it's not comparable in any way but I've just bought my grandson - 'Fungarium' - and he thinks that's great, and as a nine year old is beginning to read it.
First, the science is explained simply, and like all of the book beautifully written. Abundance of 'interesting facts'. Did you know that there is a fungus that inserts itself into a type of ant. These ants notmally hate climbling but the fungus changes that so they climb up the stalk of a plant and then bite hard into a leaf. This kills the ant but the fungus which by this time has grown from the ant's head, merges with the leaf to continue its contribution to vast networks of incredible complexity.
There's a visit to a factory that makes furniture and more from fungi. Some fungi can lift pavements and concrete!
Sheldrake overviews the relation between fungi and every other living thing on earth, including us. The author is a fermenter, enjoys making beers and wines, depending on yeat - a fungus. 'Entanglement' is a word invented initially to refer to complex relations between people and society, yet we are given an incredible insight into fungal entanglement everywhere, networks that seem to have an intelligence without a brain. Also, there is a foray into the worlds of psychodelia and the many 'magic mushrooms'.
If that were all it would be enough but where the book scored most with me was in giving a tantalising glimpse into thinking itself, how we could think differently, how the neat conceptual boxes we are used to could be dissolved and we cross subject areas, academic disciplines, imbibe a much greater imaginative way of seeing ourselves, each other and the natural world.
Buy it today.
Anyway, I am only half way through, and as Hicks said, It's just a ride, but what a ride this is. Entangled Life will enthuse anyone with half an ounce of curiosity about life, the universe and whatever else is going on. Merlin Sheldrake is on to something and his pen is graced with a unique mixture of authority, wit and humility. Enough bla bla, now back to the book....