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Naturalist : E. O.Wilson

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In "Naturalist", Wilson describes, for the first time, both his growth as a scientist and the evolution of the science he has helped define. He traces the trajectory of his life - from a childhood spent exploring the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida to life as a tenured professor at Harvard - detailing how his youthful fascination with nature blossomed into a lifelong calling. He recounts with drama and wit the adventures of his days as a student at the University of Alabama and his four decades at Harvard University, where he has achieved renown as both teacher and researcher. As the narrative of Wilson's life unfolds, the reader is treated to an inside look at the origin and development of ideas that guide today's biological research. Theories that are now widely accepted in the scientific world were once untested hypotheses emerging from one man's broad-gauged studies. Throughout "Naturalist", we see Wilson's mind and energies constantly striving to help establish many of the central principles of the field of evolutionary biology. The story of Wilson's life provides fascinating insights into the making of a scientist, and a valuable look at some of the most thought-provoking ideas of our time.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 149.9 x 223.5 x 30.5mm | 589.68g
  • Island Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 1597260886
  • 9781597260886
  • 489,050

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oNaturalist reads like a classic heroAEs tale.o--THE BLOOMSBURY REVIEW oNaturalist reads like a classic heroAEs tale.o --THE BLOOMSBURY REVIEW o[Naturalist] is one of the finest scientific memoirs ever written, by one of the finest scientists writing today.o --Los Angeles Times oWhat distinguishes WilsonAEs story is its handsome prose, honed by years of practice into a concise and sly discourse. Among literary scientists, no one since Rachel Carson has more effectively joined humble detail to a grand vision of life processes and structures.o --Washington Post Book World o�Naturalist� is one of the finest scientific memoirs ever written, by one of the finest scientists writing today.o --Los Angeles Times -Vividly, often beautifully written. Wilson emerges not only as a gifted scientist, but also as a likable, passionate, eloquent person.---Jared Diamond -The New York Review of Books - "Vividly, often beautifully written. Wilson emerges not only as a gifted scientist, but also as a likable, passionate, eloquent person."--Jared Diamond "The New York Review of Books "show more

About Edward O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor and curator of entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.show more

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976 ratings
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