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The Future of Life

The Future of Life

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by Edward O. Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0679450785

ISBN-13: 9780679450788

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

From one of the world’s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save Earth’s biological heritage, and a plan to achieve that rescue.

Today we understand that our world is infinitely richer than was ever previously guessed. Yet

Overview

From one of the world’s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save Earth’s biological heritage, and a plan to achieve that rescue.

Today we understand that our world is infinitely richer than was ever previously guessed. Yet it is so ravaged by human activity that half its species could be gone by the end of the present century. These two contrasting truths—unexpected magnificence and underestimated peril—have become compellingly clear during the past two decades of research on biological diversity.

In this dazzlingly intelligent and ultimately hopeful book, Wilson describes what treasures of the natural world we are about to lose forever—in many cases animals, insects, and plants we have only just discovered, and whose potential to nourish us, protect us, and cure our illnesses is immeasurable—and what we can do to save them. In the process, he explores the ethical and religious bases of the conservation movement and deflates the myth that environmental policy is antithetical to economic growth by illustrating how new methods of conservation can ensure long-term economic well-being.

The Future of Life is a magisterial accomplishment: both a moving description of our biosphere and a guidebook for the protection of all its species, including humankind.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Edward O. Wilson is the author of two Pulitzer Prize–winning books, On Human Nature (1978) and The Ants (1990, with Bert Hölldobler), as well as many other groundbreaking works, including Consilience, Naturalist, and Sociobiology. A recipient of many of the world’s leading prizes in science and conservation, he is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Renee.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679450788
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

List of Endangered and Extinct Species and Racesix
Prologue: A Letter to Thoreauxi
Chapter 1To the ends of Earth3
Chapter 2The Bottleneck22
Chapter 3Nature's Last Stand42
Chapter 4The Planetary Killer79
Chapter 5How Much Is the Biosphere Worth?103
Chapter 6For the Love of Life129
Chapter 7The Solution149
Notes191
Glossary213
Acknowledgments219
Index221

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Future of Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edward Wilson's book 'The Future of Life' is a lucid, superbly crafted book from one of America's most famous scientists. The scope that this novel takes is excellent, moving in from the state of the global to as small a microcosm as a single branch of a tree in the rain forest. He never talks down to his audience, and the writing flows along a steady clip. In short, while it may be a bit outdated when it comes to some data concerning things such as global warming (it was written a few years ago), 'The Future of Life' is a book of the highest order, one that shines with a great love for humanity and to be read and reread for years with one's family.
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I've been a close observer of mankind's relentless destruction of our ONLY HOME for over 40 years. Mother Nature has been pretty forgiving up until now, but we're pushing many areas beyond their survival point. That's not very wise of us, is it? If you want to know how the rest of your life, your children's lives, and their children's lives will be effected in the near future, read this book. It's not a plesant picture, but it's about time someone collected and printed the truth for all to see. 'Environmental Concern' seems to come and go like a fad, but the real problems are only made worse by our continuing refusal to work WITH nature. Are our children willing OR able to pay the bills we're running up for them? We can begin by paying attention to the daily environmental news. Those scattered 'facts' are not free-standing events, they are all part of the interwoven moasic of life, and we MUST begin to Understand, Care, and Act before it's too late.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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