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Thank you for discussing the work of this neglected thinker and biologist, and I am delighted that “Heaven’s Breath” is being re-published. I especially love Watson’s catalogue of all the different names of wind, from the Sudanese Haboob – now adopted to name the dust storms over Phoenix – to the Willy-Willy and beyond. I am certain that Watson would be appalled to learn his own predictions have come true, especially in his native Capetown, which nearly ran out of water in January.
Though “Heaven’s Breath” is a valuable resource, I think there are other books by Watson which are better-written and even more challenging to our views of Nature. My all time favorite is “Gifts of Unknown Things.” It’s packed with curious information but it also tells a story that is, simply, profound. Other favorites are “Jacobson’s Organ” and “Elephantoms.”