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Seasons of Life


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Russell G. Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Leon Kreitzman is a science writer and broadcaster, a respected futurologist, and author of The 24 Hour Society. The authors live in Oxford and London.


"An excellent explanation of an original theme: how geophysical variation leads to biological adaptation and, in turn, to measurable behavioral and phenotypic consequences. This is an important causal chain that is rarely articulated."-Daniel Rock, Co-Director, Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry, The University of Western Australia

-- Daniel Rock
"Well conceived and beautifully written, Seasons of Life is a lucid and engaging exploration of seasonal rhythms in all living things."-Jennifer Ackerman, author of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body -- Jennifer Ackerman
"This is a fascinating read on a less publicized feature of biological calendars." -R. A. Hoots, Choice -- R. A. Hoots * Choice *
One of the Financial Times's Books of the Year in 2009 in the Science category. -- Books of the Year * Financial Times *
"Much has been written about the circadian clock. Foster and Kreitzman focus on the less familiar circannual clock, which governs responses to seasonal changes and tells animals when to mate, migrate or hibernate - and plants when to grow and shed leaves. A complicated story but a joy to read." - Clive Cookson, Financial Times -- Clive Cookson * Financial Times *
Finalist for the 2009 Book of the Year Award, presented by ForeWord magazine -- Book of the Year Award * ForeWord Magazine *
"Seasons of Life is a joy to read, and a compelling text on the importance of seasonality in the evolution of life on Earth."-Nature * Nature *
"This book is both pleasant and educational. It provides an excellent introduction to biological rhythms in the annual time scale. It is a great choice for scientifically literate audiences." -Roberto Refinetti, Quarterly Review of Biology -- Roberto Refinetti * Quarterly Review of Biology *

"This tour-de-force addresses everything from feedback regulation of clock proteins to how migrating animals who navigate by the sun compensate for its apparent daily motion. Elegant prose and clear diagrams make even the most complex physiology comprehensible. A must read for anyone who has ever looked up at a migrating skein of geese and wondered `how do they know ...?'"-Adrian Barnett, New Scientist

-- Adrian Barnett * New Scientist *

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