For the past four decades, Edward O. Wilson "the father of biodiversity", has been at the forefront of the natural sciences. This autobiography traces his fascination with insects from his childhood in Alabama and Florida, through to his professorship at Harvard, and his disagreements with the molecular biologists, led by James Watson, the co ...
For the past four decades, Edward O. Wilson "the father of biodiversity", has been at the forefront of the natural sciences. This autobiography traces his fascination with insects from his childhood in Alabama and Florida, through to his professorship at Harvard, and his disagreements with the molecular biologists, led by James Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA molecule, as they attempted to discredit the evolutionary approach to biology. Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for "On Human Nature" and the Sir Peter Kent Conservation Book Prize for "The Diversity of Life".
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Publishers Weekly, 1994-09-05 ``Most children have a bug period,'' writes the author. ``I never grew out of mine.'' Winner of two Pulitzer prizes, pioneer in sociobiology, distinguished entomologist and teacher, Wilson has written an absorbing memoir that charts his development as a scientist. From the age of seven, he wanted to be a naturalist; an accident that left him blind in one eye determined his field, and he settled on ants. Wilson recounts with affection his student days at the University of Alabama. In 1951 he enrolled at Harvard to complete his Ph.D.; there he began to study the evolution of social ecology among animals. Memorable field trips-to Cuba, Central America, the South Pacific-led him into new disciplines (biogeography and biodiversity). Noting that he has been ``blessed with brilliant enemies,'' he gives a lively account of academic infighting between molecular (James Watson of DNA fame) and evolutionary biologists during the 1960s. Wilson discusses his collaboration with Bert H÷lldobler and the controversy that arose from the publication of Sociobiology: The New Synthesis in 1975. Wilson's memoir gives a rare glimpse into the evolution of scientific theory. 40,000 first printing. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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