Powered by Plants

Meet the trees, flowers and vegetation that inspire our everyday technology

Clive Gifford, illustrated by Gosia Herba
AUD $29.99
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Powered by Plants explores the world of plants and how their properties are increasingly helping to shape the cutting edge of human technology and design.

Following on from the incredible Invented by Animals and Built by Animals, Powered by Plants introduces us to the wondrous plants whose ingenious features have inspired innovations in human technology.

Plants exhibit an incredible range of diversity in their shape, structures and how they interact with other living things and their environment. Some of this great diversity is being increasingly studied and copied, inspiring innovation in science, design, engineering and technology. This book guides readers through a startling collection of fascinating vegetation, from towering cottonwood trees with wind power potential to slippery, meat-eating assassins of the plant world and the fast-growing aquatic plant which helps propel ships farther using less energy. Learn surprising applications and spin-offs of both exotic species including the world's largest flower that generates its own heat and more familiar plants such as bamboo, coconut and maize, all depicted in colourful, engaging fashion.

Colourful and lively illustrations and pop-out fact boxes bring the science in this book to life, and Powered by Plants shows us how much we can learn from studying the myriad magnificence of the natural world. Other fascinating books in this series are Built by Animals and Invented by Animals.

Author bio:

Clive Gifford has travelled to more than 70 countries, climbed rocket launch towers, ridden on robots and flown gliders. Hes had more than 200 books published and received nominations for or won Royal Society, School Library Association, Smithsonian and TES awards. He won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book with Facts 2019 for his title The Colours of History (QED). Clive lives in Manchester, UK. Gosia Herba is an illustrator and art historian originally from Poland. Shes worked as an illustrator of childrens books, graphic novels, magazines, music labels, and advertisements for over 12 years. www.gosiaherba.pl

Category: Children’s & educational
ISBN: 9780711270060
Publisher: Quarto UK
Imprint: Wide Eyed Editions
Series: Designed by Nature
Pub Date: August 2022
Page Extent: 80
Format: Hard Cover
Age: 7 - 10
Subject: Natural history (ChildrenÆs/Teenage)