The Triumph of Seeds

triumph of seeds cover image The Triumph of Seeds

by Thor Hanson
Science, Mind & Matter
Basic Books
Hardcover, 304 pages

A couple of weeks ago the so-called “Doomsday Vault,” the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, was opened for the first time in its history and a cache of seeds - copies of those previously deposited in an international research facility in war-torn Aleppo, Syria – were sent to Morocco and Lebanon for safekeeping. That reminded us of this fascinating volume published just last spring. Hanson takes us deeply into the world of seeds and reminds us how absolutely fundamental and ubiquitous they are in our lives. He ranges from his backyard to far afield in the rain forests of Costa Rica and Nicaragua and to the spice routes of Kerala in Southern India to share with us his knowledge, adventure and wonder regarding these sometimes tiny, sometimes huge progenitors of living things. Elegant and graceful, this book is, indeed, a great pleasure.