The Spirit of the Hive: The Mechanisms of Social Evolution

The Spirit of the Hive: The Mechanisms of Social Evolution

by Robert E. Page Jr.
     
 

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How can 40,000 bees working in the dark, by instinct alone, construct a honey comb? Synthesizing decades of experiments, The Spirit of the Hive presents the genetic and physiological mechanisms underlying the division of labor in honey bee colonies and explains how it is an inevitable product of group living, evolving over millions of years.See more details below

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How can 40,000 bees working in the dark, by instinct alone, construct a honey comb? Synthesizing decades of experiments, The Spirit of the Hive presents the genetic and physiological mechanisms underlying the division of labor in honey bee colonies and explains how it is an inevitable product of group living, evolving over millions of years.

Editorial Reviews

Nature - Mark L. Winston
Fascinating...Page's book is a delightful example of how one dedicated career in science can dramatically deepen and broaden our per­ceptions of the world around us.
Choice - J. M. Gonzalez
This book is a useful and timely resource as scientists try to understand and solve problems related to colony collapse disorder affecting honeybees worldwide… The Spirit of the Hive takes a novel approach to the study of honeybees and their social order… It is a very interesting read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674073029
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
06/17/2013
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
979,163
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Page, Jr., is University Provost and Foundation Chair of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.

Bert Hölldobler is now Foundation Professor of Biology at Arizona State University; formerly Chair of Behavioral Physiology and Sociology at the Theodor Boveri Institute, University of Würzburg. He is also the recipient of the U.S. Senior Scientist Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German government. Until 1990, he was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University.

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