Richly illustrated and delightfully written, Journey to the Ants combines autobiography and scientific lore to convey the excitement and pleasure the study of ants can offer. Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson interweave their personal adventures with the social lives of ants, building, from the first minute observations of childhood, a remarkable account of these abundant insects’ evolutionary achievement.
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About the Author
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.
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.
Table of Contents
1. The Dominance of Ants
2. For the Love of Ants
3. The Life and Death of the Colony
4. How Ants Communicate
5. War and Foreign Policy
6. The Ur-Ants
7. Conflict and Dominance
8. The Origin of Cooperation
9. The Superorganism
10. Social Parasites: Breaking the Code
11. The Trophobionts
12. Army Ants
13. The Strangest Ants
14. How Ants Control Their Environment
Epilogue: Who Will Survive?
How to Study Ants
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An easy read, fascinating reading about ants.
Before I read this book, I thought ants were pretty ordinary, uninteresting insects. They seemed to be the 'generic insect'. When I recieved this book as a christmas present, I thought 'hey, they're ants, what else is there to know?'. Well, i was quite wrong. This book clearly described every fascinating aspect of the society of the ants. After I finished this book, I gained an abundance of knowledge and a different point of view.
Wow, I'm very impressed! I've already recommended this to most of my friends. With some success. I just worry that I'm getting too obsessed...I'm starting to find the lady ants rather attractive...