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ECOLOGY FOR GARDENERS., Carroll, Steven B. & Salt, Steven D.
1 Carroll, Steven B. & Salt, Steven D. ECOLOGY FOR GARDENERS.
Portland Timber Press 2005 0881926116 / 9780881926118 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Errol D. Hooper Jr. 
328 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Colour photographs, b&w drawings. "(T)he authors look at the structure, development, genetics, and reproduction of plants, the most prominent actors in garden ecosystems. They describe other garden organisms, focusing on those with the most influential roles - insects, nematodes, and microorganisms - as well as garden denizens ranging from microscopic prions to elephants. (They) explore nutrient cycles, sunlight, air, water, and the soil - the physical environment within which garden organisms live and function - and they consider the ways plants function in their environment and form communities. They then examine the intricate interactions among garden-dwelling organisms, ranging from the harmful to the beneficial. Once this groundwork is laid, they introduce humans into the garden ecosystem and consider how gardeners can use ecological principles to wisely manage their garden ecosystems. Throughout the book, the authors cite hundreds of examples drawn from personal experience and from the gardening and ecological literature. It becomes clear that gardens - whether a group of potted plants on a patio, a few beds carved out of a lawn, or extensive plantings over several acres - are indeed connected to the natural world in endless and important ways." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny dents on spine and hinges. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: THE CURIOUS WORLD OF PROBABILITIES., Rosenthal, Jeffrey S.
2 Rosenthal, Jeffrey S. STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: THE CURIOUS WORLD OF PROBABILITIES.
Toronto HarperCollins 2005 0002007916 / 9780002007917 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
264 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "Humans have always been fascinated and frightened by randomness, and inexplicably delighted by strange coincidences. We buy lottery tickets despite the infinitesimal odds of winning. We watch the roulette wheel spin and think that somehow we can influence the outcome. We hear about the latest crime spree, terrorist attack, airplane crash or disease outbreak and fear that we might become the next victim. We resent the feeling that circumstances are out of our hands. While no one can predict uncertain events with certainty, we can at least understand the uncertainty itself. Jeffrey Rosenthal reveals the probabilities associated with a variety of situations: how we can defeat the onslaught of spam; the odds of running into an acquaintance while on vacation; whether we really need to buy insurance; and how to increase our chances of winning games; from poker to Monopoly to Rock Paper Scissors. In cogent, often humorous prose, (he) shows us that once we understand the rudiments of probability we will no longer scramble to lock our doors every time the newspaper headlines shout that burglary rates are on the rise. And maybe - just maybe - we'll finally realize that despite a run of good luck at the casino, the house always wins. What are the odds of that?" Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, light waviness to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 


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