Earthly Pleasures by Roger B. Swain

Earthly PleasuresThis is enjoyable just as a set of straightforward, often charming, essays on natural history. Beyond that, Swain has taken his personal observations of everyday nature and used them as seeds to develop a discussion of the underlying science. He considers the environmental value of woodchucks, the growth of duckweed, how nut trees may have evolved to reduce predation, and how rot occurs in foods. In these commonplace examples, Swain examines adaptations and how evolution might have shaped that feature or behavior. This is a readable book, encouraging us to think more deeply about what surrounds us.

Reviewed by sarav


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