“A seed knows how to wait. Most seeds wait for at least a year before starting to grow; a cherry seed can wait for a hundred years with no problem. What exactly each seed is waiting for is known only to that seed. Some unique trigger-combination of temperature-moisture-light and many other things is required to convince a seed to jump off the deep end and take its chance—to take its one and only chance to grow.”
–Lab Girl, Hope Jahren
On today’s show, we’re talking about science. And plants. And writing. And women. And probably about men, too. Geobiologist Hope Jahren joins Patty via phone from her lab in Oslo, Norway.
Hope Jahren’s memoir, Lab Girl, is a “celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist,” taking a look at her childhood in Minnesota and what led her to her career in science. Jahren is an award-winning scientist, currently teaching at the University of Oslo.