The Super-organism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies

The Super-organism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies

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By (author) Bert Holldobler, By (author) Edward O. Wilson

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 262mm x 36mm | 1,642g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393067041
  • ISBN 13: 9780393067040
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 110 color, 100 black-and-white
  • Sales rank: 140,914

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The 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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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, 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.