Zimmerman draws from her experience as an evolutionary biologist for this study of the past and future of women scientists in general and of botany in particular. With growing threats to biodiversity and some 90,000 unidentified specimens in the NY Botanical Garden alone, the need for botanists Is acute, yet fewer are being trained in this exacting—and unflashy—discipline. Meanwhile, women, especially mothers, are denied the positions and funding required to advance, as Zimmerman found in her PhD. and post-doc work. Eventually, painfully, Zimmerman left research for writing, a move that enabled her to open the wonders of plants to general readers—as she does beautifully here, recounting the history of herbaria, the methodology of taxonomy, the evolution of flowers from leaves, and much more, all graced with her detailed drawings of members of the dilleniaceae family.
In this one book, Baker summarizes the history of, well, everything--from the beginning of the universe to the formation of the solar system, from the beginning of life all the way to the end of existence. This is a great read for fans of “Big History.” Want to know the intricacies of evolution? Or the different theories of how the universe will end? It's all here--combining different fields such as astronomy, biology, and history in an easily digestible read!
Rovelli does something I find truly astounding: he makes physics and philosophy engaging and enjoyable to read! Via multiple essays, he takes us through the complexities of the universe, Einstein’s mistakes, his own journey with psychedelics, atheism, and the future of physics. Beautifully written, witty, and charming, this book is great for everyone--those well versed in astronomy or complete novices to the field!