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Foreword by David Lee Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Plants, Animals, and Humans Who Cares About Palms? Are Plants Alive? Contemplating Our Navel A Bias Bordering on Injustice The Garden and the Peasant The Sorcery of Omnipresence And the Disadvantage of Otherness A Bit of Psychology Comparing Plants and Animals Chapter 2 A Visit to the Landscape of Form Whence Form? Capturing Energy Plants, Vast Fixed Surfaces Animals, Small Mobile Volumes With Vast Internal Surfaces Consequences of Growth The Structure of Space The Scale of Natural Phenomena Relationship Between Form and Space Changing the Scale One Polarity and Radial Symmetry: Plants Two Polarities and Bilateral Symmetry: Animals And Monsters? What Is an Embryo Homeotic Genes Animal Eggs, Plant Eggs Animals Are Strange Hormones The Action of Light Remains a Mystery The Miniature Model Versus the Sample Closed and Open Development Storieg of Trees Fixed but Not Immobile The Time Scale for Plants Movement and Growth What Do the Poets Think? Individuals or Colonies? The Discovery of Reiteration What Is an Individual? Is a Tree an Individual? Potentially Immortal Beings Two Ways of Dying Chapter 3 The Cell Characteristics of the Eukaryotic Cell Differences in Structure One Cell Within Another Differences in Function Where the Horticulturist Precedes the Biologist Foreshadowing at the Cellular Level Chapter 4 Plant Biochemistry in a Nutshell The Silhouette, Cellulose or Protein A Regrettable Inelegance A Look at the Krebs Cycle Biochemistry for Normal Life Biochemistry for Relief An Altruistic Tree A Butterfly That Remembers Shapes Biochemistry to Take Advantage of Animal Mobility Are Animals Manipulated by Plants? A Pinnacle of Beauty Nauseating Flowers Copulating Flowers and Animals Chapter 5 Evolution Do Plants and Animals Evolve the Same Way? One Plant, Two Generations Parasitic Reduction in the Haploid Generation One Animal, One Generation Soma and Germ Do Plants Have a Germ Line? The Plasticity of Organisms Who Wins the Prize for Plasticity? Genomic Plasticity Generators of Genetic Diversity Tissue Culture Hybrids Between Species Genetic Diversity Within the Plant The Strangler Figs of Lake Gatin Sorting Mechanisms Predatory Action What Does Plant Sexuality Mean? What Causes Genetic Diversity Within a Plant? The Vertebrate Immune System Stationary Lives and Genetic Diversity Resistance of Biologists to a Genetics Unique to Plants Darwin or Lamarck? Are Bacteria Lamarckian? How Weeds Defend Themselves Against Herbicides Must We Choose Between Darwin and Lamarck? Geographic Convergence Divaricating Plants of New Zealand The Beeches of Verzy Mimes and Mimicry Two Different Classifications Chapter 6 Of OtherLiving Beings Fungi Trees and Corals Coral Architecture Returning to the Idea of the Individual Concerning Plasticity Reticulate Evolution The Forest and the Reef How to Live Fixed in Place Plants and Insect Societies Evolution of Behavior or of Form? Looking for Analogues Is a Plant a Crystal? Immanence and Transcendence Chapter 7 Ecology Give Plants Their Due Nutrition and Biological Types Ambiguity in the Relationship Between Eater and the Eaten Climates and Landscapes Who Needs the Other Most? Noah's Two Arks Epilogue What Do We Recognize as Success? In Praise of Plants Dispersion or Concentration Are Plants Persons? The Two Faces of Botany References