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Innovation Lunch: What A Plant Knows

The book for this discussion is What A Plant Knows by Daniel Chamowitz.  Its only about 140 pages in paperback.  It provides a scientific description to the ways in which plants "sense" and interact with their environment.

It is a refreshing perspective on how another entity interacts with its environment.  Creativity involves seeing things from a new point of view.  Books such as What A Plant Knows provides that view as well as descriptions of plant characteristics.  Both of these are raw material for ideation activities in which each of us may participate.

I will provide a mindmap of the book during our discussion.

Take a look at the list of additional resources below.  Pick one out and look at it if you don't have time to read the book.  The long list is to ensure **something** fits your needs for a little background information.

Plant Knows Materials:

A. CBS Sunday Morning Video (6 min):  http://books.scientificamerican.com/fsg/books/what-a-plant-knows/daniel-chamovitz-on-cbs-sunday-morning/

B. SciAmer mag review and extra links: http://books.scientificamerican.com/fsg/books/what-a-plant-knows/

C. Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/What-Plant-Knows-Field-Senses/dp/0374533881

D. Book Web-Site: http://www.whataplantknows.com/

 

Additional materials for you to look over include:

1.  NPR with a 2 min audio track: "Sounds of Thirsty Trees"

http://www.npr.org/2013/04/28/179675435/the-sounds-of-thirsty-trees

2.  Short News article at NBCNews.com

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/hear-sound-thats-thirsty-tree-6C9741028

3. Richard Attenborough's 1995 Science Series The Private Life of Plants

wikipedia:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Private_Life_of_Plants

Full Episodes:

http://archive.org/details/ThePrivateLifeOfPlants_581

Short Segments of the Episodes:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCC07E66503F99BB5

Both short and longer segments:

http://www.ovguide.com/tv/the_private_life_of_plants.htm

Amazon Book: http://www.amazon.com/Private-Life-Plants-David-Attenborough/dp/0691006393

 

Lets take this opportunity to learn about plants, how they interact with their environment, and pick up new material for our own creative problem solving activities.

Thanks, StephT

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