From the NYT-bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees comes a remarkable treatise on the ancient bond between humans and nature.
In an era of cell phone addiction and ever-expanding cities, many of us fear we've lost our connection to nature – but Peter Wohlleben is convinced that age-old ties linking humans to the forest remain alive and intact. Whether we observe it or not, our blood pressure stabilizes near trees, the color green calms us, and the forest sharpens our senses. Drawing on new scientific discoveries, The Heartbeat of Trees reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature, exploring the language of the forest, the consciousness of plants, and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna. Wohlleben shares how to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste your journey into the woods. Above all, he reveals a wondrous cosmos where humans are a part of nature, and where conservation is not just about saving trees – it's about saving ourselves, too.
Originally published in German in 2019 as Das geheime Band zwischen Mensch und Natur: Erstaunliche Erkentnisse übe die 7 Sinne des Menschen, den Herzschlag der Bäume und die Frage, ob Pflanzen ein Bewusstsein haben.
Peter Wohlleben is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees and its follow-ups The Inner Life of Animals and The Secret Network of Nature. He is also the author of books for children including Can You Hear the Trees Talking? and Peter and the Tree Children. When he’s not writing, Wohlleben manages a sustainable forest and runs a forest academy where he lives in Germany.