The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies
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Superorganism by Bert Holldobler
Book DescriptionThe Superorganism promises to be one of the most important scientific works published in this decade. Coming eighteen years after the publication of The Ants, this new volume expands our knowledge of the social insects (among them, ants, bees, wasps, and termites) and is based on remarkable research conducted mostly within the last two decades. These superorganisms-a tightly knit colony of individuals, formed by altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and division of labor-represent one of the basic stages of biological organization, midway between the organism and the entire species. The study of the superorganism, as the authors demonstrate, has led to important advances in our understanding of how the transitions between such levels have occurred in evolution and how life as a whole has progressed from simple to complex forms. Ultimately, this book provides a deep look into a part of the living world hitherto glimpsed by only a very few.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393067040
(262mm x 213mm x 38mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bert Holldobler
Spirit of the Hive, Hardback (June 2013)
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.
World of Insects, Paperback (April 2012)
A World of Insects showcases classic works on insect behavior, physiology, and ecology published over half a century by Harvard University Press authors Costa, Dethier, Eisner, Goff, Heinrich, Holldobler, Roeder, Ross, Seeley, von Frisch, Waldbauer, Wilson, and Winston.
Leafcutter Ants, Paperback (October 2010)
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants comes this dynamic and visually spectacular portrait of Earth's ultimate superorganism.
Other Insect Societies, Hardback (September 2006)» View all books by Bert Holldobler
Synthesises the scattered literature about social phenomena across the arthropod phylum: beetles and bugs, caterpillars and cockroaches, mantids and membracids, sawflies and spiders. This work takes a narrative approach that interweaves theory and data analysis with the behaviour and ecology of these remarkable groups.
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Author Biography - Bert Holldobler
Bert Holldobler is Foundation Professor at Arizona State University and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. He lives in Arizona and Germany. Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than twenty books, including The Creation, The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
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