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Nature Revealed: Selected Writings, 1949-2006
     

Nature Revealed: Selected Writings, 1949-2006

by Edward O. Wilson
 

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson is one of the leading biologists and philosophical thinkers of our time. In this compelling collection, Wilson's observations range from the tiny glands of ants to the nature of the living universe. Many of the pieces are considered landmarks in evolutionary biology, ecology, and behavioral biology. Wilson explores

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson is one of the leading biologists and philosophical thinkers of our time. In this compelling collection, Wilson's observations range from the tiny glands of ants to the nature of the living universe. Many of the pieces are considered landmarks in evolutionary biology, ecology, and behavioral biology. Wilson explores topics as diverse as slavery in ants, the genetic basis of societal structure, the discovery of the taxon cycle, the original formulation of the theory of island biogeography, a critique of subspecies as a unit of classification, and the conservation of life's diversity. Each article is presented in its original form, dating from Wilson's first published article in 1949 to his most recent exploration of the natural world. Preceding each piece is a brief essay by Wilson that explains the context in which the article was written and provides insights into the scientist himself and the debates of the time.

This collection enables us to share Wilson's various vantage points and to view the complexities of nature through his eyes. Wilson aficionados, along with readers discovering his work for the first time, will find in this collection a world of beauty, complexity, and challenge.

Editorial Reviews

British Journal of Entomology and Natural History - J. Stewart
This book is a treasure trove of ideas... It always rewards.

Nature
Nature Revealed demonstrates, again and again, Wilson's endless capacity to put scientific findings into a broader context and to bridge gaps between disciplines.

Choice
This book captures the key elements in this gifted explorer's complex journey so far.

Aiken Standard
E.O. Wilson's many contributions to science can hardly be summarized in a newspaper column, but the highlights are well preserved in Nature Revealed.

— Whit Gibbons

British Journal of Entomology and Natural History
This book is a treasure trove of ideas... It always rewards.

— J. Stewart

Quarterly Review of Biology
Lucid and eminently readable... a valuable primer for those interested in the history of science.

Aiken Standard - Whit Gibbons
E.O. Wilson's many contributions to science can hardly be summarized in a newspaper column, but the highlights are well preserved in Nature Revealed.

Library Journal
This self-selected compilation of writings by Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson (Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge) is organized into three distinct but complementary sections: "Ants and Sociobiology," "Biodiversity Studies," and "Conservation and the Human Condition." Each section is arranged chronologically and showcases the biologist's special talents for extrapolating global theories from arcane and detailed research. The book contains direct reprints and one new piece from sources as varied as primary journals, book chapters, and popular magazines and includes not only some of his most memorable passages (e.g., the "Man" chapter from Sociobiology) but also research-oriented material almost impenetrable to nonscientists. Each piece is prefaced by brief, sometimes cursory remarks from the author. This work suffices as a sampler of and guide to Wilson's thought, though it cannot provide detailed insight at the level of his original research, much less the totality of his social and biological philosophies. Enlightening and thought-provoking, it is probably not the definitive tool for scholars; rather, the material will appeal mostly to his fans, perhaps stimulating further reading, and can fill any gaps in library collections. Readers interested in Wilson's life and career are best served by his memoir, Naturalist.-Gregg Sapp, SUNY at Albany Science Lib. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801883293
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.75(d)

What People are Saying About This

Paul R. Ehrlich
A wonderful sample of the writings of one of our most distinguished evolutionists and a great champion of biodiversity. Wilson is also one of the broadest thinkers on the intellectual stage today. This is an especially important book for a time when science in the United States is under attack by forces seeking to reverse the enlightenment.

Steven Pinker
A fascinating collection from one of the most influential thinkers of our time.

Jared Diamond
Edward Wilson is among the great scientists, thinkers, and authors of my lifetime. In this book he gathers and places in context his own key writings from 1949 to the present. The result is both a moving book and a treasure for those interested in science and history.

Meet the Author

Edward O. Wilson is an entomologist and biologist known for his pioneering work on evolution and sociobiology, and is often referred to as the father of sociobiology and modern biodiversity studies. He has authored many books, including Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975), On Human Nature (winner of a 1979 Pulitzer Prize), The Ants (winner of a 1991 Pulitzer Prize), and Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998). He has received over one hundred awards, many of them international, in science and letters. He is the Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.

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