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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Sheldrake, Merlin

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There is a life form so strange and wondrous that it challenges our conception of life itself... Neither plant nor animal, it is found throughout the earth, the air and our bodies. It can be microscopic, yet also accounts for the largest organism ever recorded - covering ten squa...re kilometres, weighing 35,000 tons and estimated to be over 2,000 years old. Its ability to digest rock enabled the first life on land, and for 40 million years its towering structures dominated earth's landscape. It can survive unprotected in space, and thrives amidst nuclear radiation. It can solve problems without a brain, stretching traditional definitions of `intelligence', and can manipulate animal behaviour in astonishing and often unsettling ways that we struggle to explain. The discovery that it connects plants in large collaborative networks, the `Wood Wide Web', is transforming our understanding of how non-animal life works. In giving humans bread, alcohol and life-saving medicines, it has changed our species' history, while its ability to digest plastic, explosives, pesticides and crude oil is being harnessed in break-through technologies. Its psychedelic properties, which have shaped cultures since antiquity, have recently been shown to alleviate a number of mental illnesses. And yet most of its millions of species remain undocumented. In this mind-altering adventure, Merlin Sheldrake introduces the spectacular and neglected world of fungi: endlessly surprising organisms that have made our world, and continue to shape our futures.
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ISBN 9781847925206
Released NZ 31 Jul 2020
Publisher Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781847925206
Stock Available
Status Reprinting
Publisher Vintage
Imprint The Bodley Head Ltd
Released 31 Jul 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Sheldrake, Merlin
Category Mycology, Fungi (Non-Medical)
Botany & Plant Sciences
Zoology & Animal Sciences
Plant Life: General
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 153mm
Dewey Code 579.5
Weight 578g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Fungi
NBS Text Natural History: General
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade

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