The Wisdom of Birds
An Illustrated History of Ornithology
By (author) Tim Birkhead
Wisdom of Birds by Tim Birkhead
Book DescriptionFor thousands of years people have been fascinated by birds, and today that fascination is still growing. In 2007 bird-watching is one of the most popular pastimes, not just in America, but throughout the world, and the range of interest runs from the specialist to the beginner. In The Wisdom of Birds, Birkhead takes the reader on a journey that not only tells us about the extraordinary lives of birds - from conception and egg, through territory and song, to migration and fully fledged breeder - but also shows how, over centuries, we have overcome superstition and untested 'truths' to know what we know, and how recent some of that knowledge is. Conceived for a general audience, and illustrated throughout with more than 100 exquisitely beautiful illustrations, many of them rarely, if ever, seen before, The Wisdom of Birds is a book full of stories, knowledge and unexpected revelations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781596915411
(239mm x 186mm x 41mm)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Tim Birkhead
Most Perfect Thing, Hardback (April 2016)
A bird's egg is a nearly perfect survival capsule--an external womb--and one of natural selection s most wonderful creations."
Red Canary, Paperback / softback (May 2014)
"First published in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicholson in 2003"--T.p. verso.
Ten Thousand Birds, Hardback (February 2014)
Provides a history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often-controversial personalities, and by the unique social and scientific contexts in which these individuals worked.
Bird Sense, Paperback (January 2013)» View all books by Tim Birkhead
A hugely engaging book about birds, their senses and behaviour that is informed by an attractive blend of personal experience, entertaining stories and cutting-edge science.
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Author Biography - Tim Birkhead
Tim Birkhead is a professor at the University of Sheffield where he teaches animal behavior and the history of science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and his research has taken him all over the world in the quest to understand the lives of birds. He has written for The Independent, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife. He is the author of Promiscuity, Great Auk Islands, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Birds, which won the McColvin medal, and the Red Canary, which won the Consul Cremer Prize.
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