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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
When Sociobiology was published in 1975, our reviewer, John Pfeiffer, hailed it as 'an evolutionary event.' Since then, it has become the framework for a controversial new science--the study of the biological basis for social behavior in every species, from the lowliest amoeba colony to modern human behavior. This shortened version, retaining all of Sarah Landry's illuminating drawings, makes it more accessible to general readers.
Contemporary Sociology - Pierre L. Van Den Berghe
A towering theoretical achievement of exceptional elegance...Like most great books, Sociobiology is unpedantic, lucid, and eminently accessible.
Harper's - Lewis Thomas
The book enthralls and enchants...If you have this can begin getting your mind ready for the illuminations about human society.
Scientific American - John Tyler Bonner
Rarely has the world been provided with such a splendid stepping stone for an exciting future of a new science.
Nature - V. C. Wymne-Edwards
Its contents do indeed provide a new synthesis, of wide perspective and great authority...Wilson's plain uncluttered prose is a treat to read, his logic is rigorous, his arguments are lucid.
Quarterly Review of Biology
This book will stand as a landmark in the comparative study of social behavior.
Times Literary Supplement
Sociobiology is an excellent book, full of extraordinary insights, and replete with the beauty and poetry of the animal kingdom.
The Atlantic - Fred Hapgood
It is impossible to leave Wilson's book without having one's sense of life permanently and dramatically widened.
Practical Psychology
Sociobiology, a new concept, is one with extraordinary potential value for understanding and explaining human behavior.
John Pfeiffer
"Wilson turns a connoisseur's eye on contemporary societies, judging them on the basis of how completely individuals work together, how effectively individuals or ego has been modified for the good of the whole...In any case,Sociobiology: The New Synthesis has much to say about what is happening to us here and now. It is devoted largely to discussion of factors favoring cooperation - defense against predators, outcompeting competitors, more effective feeding and breeding, and so on...Actually the book may be regarded as an evolutionary event in itself, announcing for all who can hear that we are on the verge of breakthroughs in the effort to understand our place in the scheme of things." Books of the Century, The New York Times, July, 1975
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674816244
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: Abridged Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,525,420
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward O. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University. In addition to two Pulitzer Prizes (one of which he shares with Bert Hölldobler), Wilson has won many scientific awards, including the National Medal of Science and the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
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