Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive

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The acclaimed authors of Rhythms of Life explore seasonal change-the remarkable ways plants and animals have adapted to it, its impact on human health and well-being, and the dangers posed when climate changes disrupt the seasonal rhythms on which so much life depends.

A Financial Times 2009 Book of the Year in the Science category

Finalist for the 2009 Book of the Year Award presented by Fore Word magazine

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Overview

The acclaimed authors of Rhythms of Life explore seasonal change-the remarkable ways plants and animals have adapted to it, its impact on human health and well-being, and the dangers posed when climate changes disrupt the seasonal rhythms on which so much life depends.

A Financial Times 2009 Book of the Year in the Science category

Finalist for the 2009 Book of the Year Award presented by Fore Word magazine

They are the authors of Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing, also published by Yale University Press.

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Editorial Reviews

Financial Times

One of the Financial Times's Books of the Year in 2009 in the Science category.

— Books of the Year

ForeWord Magazine

Finalist for the 2009 Book of the Year Award, presented by ForeWord magazine

— Book of the Year Award

Quarterly Review of Biology

"This book is both pleasant and educational. It provides an excellent introduction to biological rhythms in the annual time scale. It is a great choice for scientifically literate audiences." —Roberto Refinetti, Quarterly Review of Biology

— Roberto Refinetti

New Scientist


“This tour-de-force addresses everything from feedback regulation of clock proteins to how migrating animals who navigate by the sun compensate for its apparent daily motion. Elegant prose and clear diagrams make even the most complex physiology comprehensible. A must read for anyone who has ever looked up at a migrating skein of geese and wondered ‘how do they know …?’”—Adrian Barnett, New Scientist

— Adrian Barnett

Choice

"This is a fascinating read on a less publicized feature of biological calendars." —R. A. Hoots, Choice

— R. A. Hoots

Choice - R. A. Hoots
"This is a fascinating read on a less publicized feature of biological calendars." —R. A. Hoots, Choice
Financial Times - Clive Cookson
"Much has been written about the circadian clock. Foster and Kreitzman focus on the less familiar circannual clock, which governs responses to seasonal changes and tells animals when to mate, migrate or hibernate – and plants when to grow and shed leaves. A complicated story but a joy to read." — Clive Cookson, Financial Times
Quarterly Review of Biology - Roberto Refinetti
"This book is both pleasant and educational. It provides an excellent introduction to biological rhythms in the annual time scale. It is a great choice for scientifically literate audiences." —Roberto Refinetti, Quarterly Review of Biology
Financial Times - Books of the Year
One of the Financial Times's Books of the Year in 2009 in the Science category.
New Scientist - Adrian Barnett

“This tour-de-force addresses everything from feedback regulation of clock proteins to how migrating animals who navigate by the sun compensate for its apparent daily motion. Elegant prose and clear diagrams make even the most complex physiology comprehensible. A must read for anyone who has ever looked up at a migrating skein of geese and wondered ‘how do they know …?’”—Adrian Barnett, New Scientist
ForeWord Magazine - Book of the Year Award

Finalist for the 2009 Book of the Year Award, presented by ForeWord magazine

Jennifer Ackerman

“Well conceived and beautifully written, Seasons of Life is a lucid and engaging exploration of seasonal rhythms in all living things.”—Jennifer Ackerman, author of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body

Daniel Rock

“An excellent explanation of an original theme: how geophysical variation leads to biological adaptation and, in turn, to measurable behavioral and phenotypic consequences. This is an important causal chain that is rarely articulated."—Daniel Rock, Co-Director, Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry, The University of Western Australia

Nature

"Seasons of Life is a joy to read, and a compelling text on the importance of seasonality in the evolution of life on Earth."—Nature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300167863
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Russell G. Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Leon Kreitzman is a science writer and broadcaster, a respected futurologist, and author of The 24 Hour Society. The authors live in Oxford and London.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction 1

1 The generation of the seasons 8

2 Adapting to seasonal change 24

3 Anticipating seasonal change in plants 38

4 Seasonal reproduction in mammals and birds 64

5 Staying put in the cold: hibernation and diapause 93

6 Timing migration 120

7 Seasons and human evolution 141

8 Timing reproduction in humans 151

9 Birth month effects 169

10 Disease and seasonal timing 181

11 Seasonal affective disorder 199

12 The seasonality of dying 218

13 We are all phenology freaks now 232

Glossary of common terms 244

Appendix I 250

References 252

Index 281

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