Summary Island Press says "Are plants intelligent? Can they solve problems, communicate, and navigate their surroundings? Or are they passive, incapable of independent action or social behavior? Philosophers and scientists have pondered these questions since ancient Greece, most often concluding that plants are unthinking and inert: they are too silent, too sedentary -- just too different from us. Yet discoveries over the past fifty years have challenged these ideas, shedding new light on the extraordinary capabilities and complex interior lives of plants...
Plants have much to teach us, from network building to innovations in robotics and man-made materials -- but only if we understand more about how they live. Part botany lesson, part manifesto, Brilliant Green is an engaging and passionate examination of the inner workings of the plant kingdom."
About the Authors Island Press says "Stefano Mancuso is the Director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV) in Florence, Italy, a founder of the International Society for Plant Signaling and Behavior, and a professor at the University of Florence."
"Alessandra Viola is a scientific journalist, writer of documentaries, and a television scriptwriter. In 2011, she directed the Genoa Science Festival. "
I think the book Brilliant Green makea a wonderful and logical case for plant intelligence by systematically analyzing historical biases of human culture and the scientific community, delving into plant physiology and thoroughly explaining how plants interact with the world around them, and then, detailing how plant life exhibits intelligence. My key take-away from reading this book is that plants have a modular design, which is what allows them to lose a good majority of their own biomass and still being able to grow back and survive. This modular design makes it more appropriate to view specimens of plants (e.g. an individual tree) as a colony or swarm, because functions are distributed, instead of being centralized. And so, plants demonstrate intelligence (the ability to solve problems) as an emergent property of the interactions between their many parts, especially root tips, instead of simply through "having a brain" or "having a neural network."