More than Meets the Eye

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Dan Brooks is an internationally recognized tropical biodiversity specialist. He is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Sciences), and has received honorary degrees from Stockholm University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2010, he was awarded a prestigious 1-year Senior Visiting Fellowship at the Collegium Budapest in Budapest, Hungary. He has traveled and done fieldwork extensively throughout Latin America, and has taught in more than 20 countries on 5 continents. His photography draws on two inspirations - his more than 30 years as a field biologist, and his experience growing up with two blind brothers. His homage to his brothers' legacy is My Brothers' Eyes: How My Blind Brothers Taught Me To See.

Jack Maze was raised in Hollister, CA, the birthplace of the American biker, and has held faculty positions at the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia. His research focus has consistently been whole plant botany but with a catholic assortment of interests: taxonomic revisions, interspecific hybridization, the effect of climate change on plants (long before it was popular), population differentiation, the interface between development and evolution, theoretical plant morphology and the synergy between modern monotheism and evolution. He has taught introductory botany; introductory ecology; plant ecology, anatomy, morphology and taxonomy; the history and philosophy of biology and in an introductory Arts program. One dictum he has tried to follow, and to convince students to follow as well, when choosing a plant to study, pick one that grows in a pretty place.

More than Meets the Eye

A Poetic and Photographic Exploration of the Biologist's World

Authored by Daniel Brooks, Jack Maze

When people contemplate science, they often imagine people in white lab coats in a room surrounded by impressive apparatus, presenting ideas using esoteric math or an impressive sounding jargon. The hard objectivity of science is often stressed as the power of the scientific method. There is a hint of a methodological approach to the natural world, do the proper procedures in the proper sequence and the truth shall be revealed.
This is sterile and cold view clashes with the experiences that have brought many scientists to their chosen vocation, one that often seems more like an avocation. What first attracts the eye and mind is the beauty of nature, the brilliant plumage of a bird, the patterning of a butterfly's wing, the sweet smell of a cluster of lilac flowers, the sweeping flagella of a unicellular animal. This appreciation of the beauty of the natural world extends even to things as mundane as a grass, seemingly consisting of little more than green stalks but to some showing an attraction sufficient to offer pleasure by the simple act of lying down among them. The beautiful side of nature has even been expressed by the physicist Paul Dirac's argument that mathematical formulae must be judged by their beauty.
This is what we are trying to capture here, the beauty of the natural world that has drawn us into a commitment of time and energy that defies rational explanation. We didn't make these decisions because of the money. We're using two artistic devices to express the innate beauty of nature, the photos of Dan Brooks and poems of Jack Maze.

Publication Date:
1453692819 / 9781453692813
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US Trade Paper
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8.25" x 8.25"
Full Color with Bleed
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Poetry / General

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