For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.

Delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.

Florence Williams presents her new book, The Nature Fix, and the research behind it. Her presentation will be followed by audience Q&A and signing.

This program takes place after Leonard Library's regular business hours.

Brooklyn Public Library’s Green Series is made possible through the generous support of Whole Foods Market.

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