The Time Nature Keeps
A Visual Guide to the Cycles and Time Spans of the Natural World
by Helen Pilcher
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Pub Date 18 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 24 Apr 2023
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Discover the mind-bending marvels of nature’s timescales both large and minuscule . . .
Take a visual journey of discovery through the animal and plant kingdoms—and uncover the extraordinary rhythms of nature! Here are the answers to all kinds of curious questions, including:
- How long do eggs take to hatch?
- Do dogs really need more sleep than humans?
- What are the world’s fastest- and slowest-growing plants?
- And many more!
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Average rating from 9 members
This was a really cool book. I loved the visualizations throughout, and the graphics were compelling. The structure of the book was also well done and I think this would be a great book for any history enthusiast or otherwise nature/ecology enthusiast.
Reading this book was extremely educational and enjoyable. Although it discusses complex scientific topics and cycles, it's written in a way that is extremely easy to understand. The illustrations and infographics were both aesthetically pleasing and informational. The way this book was structured, starting from evolutionary spans to ecological spans to many other spans, made this an easy read. Anyone who has an interest in ecology, evolution, or zoology would enjoy having this beautiful book in their collection.
The Time Nature Keeps is not just through a clock. Time and events are also recorded by the fossils in the earth, the rings inside a tree, and the earwax of a whale.
Just as we perceive time moving slower when in a stressful situation, animals and insects perceive time differently than we do. A cat feels time moves 1.4 times slower than we feel it. Dogs are even slower perceivers at two times our perception speed. But house flies take the record because time moves 6.8 times slower for them, which is great since they only live a few weeks on average. Many marine animals feel time passing faster than humans. A Blacknose Shark sense of time is 2.2 times faster than ours and a Leatherback turtle is a comparatively brisk 2.7 faster.
The book is filled with a treasure trove of little facts like these. For example, pollution caused an English moth to change colors. When the pollution was reduced, the moth’s descendants returned to their original color. The book uses illustrations and timelines very effectively as in the graphic showing how, and why, a dog-sized creature evolved into the modern-sized horse. While it was comforting to see that non-human-caused global warming impacted the Earth multiple times in the past, it was shocking to see that even now between 30 and 150 species become extinct every day!
If you like science, nature or learning unusual facts you may never need or use again, pick up a copy of The Time Nature Keeps. It makes for an entertaining read or a great coffee table book. 4 stars!
Thanks to The Experiment and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.
The Time Nature Keeps is a stunning visual guide that focuses on time and the role it plays in the natural world and cycles. In this book, Helen Pilcher introduces the different types of time spans present in the natural world; evolutionary, ecological, life, growth, behavioral, and biological. One thing I think this book does very well includes providing lots of interesting facts and topics in an accessible and unintimidating way. I learned lots of new concepts, which I am excited to explore further (the further recommended reading is also something to explore if you like this book). I recommend this book to individuals wanting to start reading science books but are unsure where to start or feel overwhelmed. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.
A fun and informative collection of infographics about all things time and nature.
This book includes a collection of infographics covering a variety of topics surrounding time and various aspects of nature. These are organized into collections of related topics, such as evolution or lifespans. Readers can learn about how plants and animals grow and age, sleep and migrate, and reproduce and die.
Overall, I thought the infographics were well-designed and very informative. I learned a lot of fun facts that made me think about how time is relative for every organism based on a lot of different factors. Although you don't get to learn very much about any of the individual topics, the little bite-size tastes are interesting on their own and also invite you to explore particular areas of interest in more detail.
Thanks to Netgalley and The Experiment for the ARC of this!
This was super interesting and the visuals really helped my brain to process the numbers being talked about. I learned a lot of new facts, but none of it felt overly complex or academic. A fun one if you are interested in nature (especially animals) and numbers
This is a fascinating book that will be great for libraries, homeschool families and as a gift for anyone who loves nature, science and history. Well recommended.