"Step out into the unknown with this absolutely stunning foray into our world through the senses of animals."
Just a little bit mind-blowing, this immensely fascinating and satisfying book kicks known thoughts out into free-fall. Award-winning science writer Ed Yong's first book I Contain Multitudes was shortlisted for The Wellcome Book Prize and Royal Society Science Book Prize. In An Immense World his writing connected me to the unknown. While I love nature and often seek it out, I’ve never really thought beyond my own senses and viewpoint. Here he takes you into the senses of other animals and lets you use them. It’s completely wonderful, and eye-opening (you will also note how often we use words connected to our main senses). He encourages you to think beyond now, to what the future could be. We have to look beyond ourselves to appreciate the damage we are sometimes unwittingly causing to ecosystems. Conservationists are able to make huge changes by seeing the world as though they are the animal rather than from a human viewpoint. As Ed Yong states, how do we solve a problem that we don’t realise exists, sensory pollution can be reduced but societal responsibility needs to be motivated enough to make the changes. He shows us that we have the gift to be able to appreciate the differences in animal senses and how it affects everything on our planet. Chosen as a Liz Pick of the Month An Immense World is eloquent, engaging, rewarding, and a hugely important read.