An accessible, entertaining survey of the intelligent abilities of plants, including communication, problem solving, and memory. Author Stefano Mancuso is internationally known as a leader in the new (and controversial) field of plant neurobiology. In describing plant behaviour and capabilities, the authors point to larger questions about the nature of intelligence and humans' relationship with the natural world.
Stefano Mancuso is the Director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV) in Florence, Italy, a founder of the International Society for Plant Signaling and Behavior, and a professor at the University of Florence. His books and papers have been published in numerous international magazines and journals, and La Repubblica newspaper has listed him among the twenty people who will change our lives. Alessandra Viola is a scientific journalist, writer of documentaries, and a television scriptwriter. In 2011, she directed the Genoa Science Festival.
"[Brilliant Green] is, like the best science, the product of a powerful imagination, one with the ability to see the world from a completely fresh and unencumbered point of view--and to communicate that perspective to the rest of us. So put aside for a couple of hours your accustomed anthropocentrism, and step into this other, richer and more wonderful world. You won't regret it, and you won't emerge from it ever quite the same again."--From the foreword by Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma," "The Botany of Desire," and other books