Natural Acts

Natural Acts : A Sidelong View of Science and Nature

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A witty collection of questions (and answers) about the natural world. Have you ever wondered: What are the merits, if any, of mosquitos? Why is the act of sex fatal for some species of salmon? What are the bimbos of the natural world? Why are there 300,000 species of beetles? Are crows too smart? David Quammen has. He answers these questions and more in this remarkable book, which explores the mysteries and patterns of the natural world with extraordinary perception and beauty. Though about science, this collection of essays was not written by a scientist. In Natural Acts, David Quammen allows us a unique view of a world "on the fringe" of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 210mm
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1585742627
  • 9781585742622

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"Quammen is upbeat, witty, irreverent, informative and charms you into sitting still for dissertations on why crows look bored, why aphids don't waste time on sex, and other delightful natural ramblings." - Alan Lightman, Harvard College Observatory"show more

About David Quammen

David Quammen is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for his science essays and other work in Outside magazine. He is the author of three novels and several other books, including the award-winning The Song of the Dodo. He lives in Bozeman, more

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