As a former biology instructor, I found that students had a difficult time understanding photosynthesis despite my enthusiasm for this amazing process that supports essentially all life on earth. I picked up this book recently thinking it would perhaps inspire its reader to consider how this topic relates to our energy crisis as well as how this process can help us solve this crisis. Perhaps teaching about how man is trying to “eat the sun” through solar photovoltaic technology might be an engaging hook for the student who might otherwise be disengaged.
Here is a blurb from Publishers Weekly as posted on Amazon.com:
“The book’s final part considers photosynthesis in relation to global warming, for, he says, the Earth’s plant-based balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen is broken: in burning vast amounts of fossil fuels, we are emitting more carbon dioxide than the plants can absorb. But Morton also explores the possibility that our understanding of photosynthesis might be harnessed to regain that balance. Readers should persevere through (or skim) the more technical discussions in the first part, for what follows is a vast, elegant synthesis of biology, physics and environmental science that can inform our discussions of urgent issues.”