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For Love of Insects Paperback – November 30, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press (November 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674018273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674018273
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

Among the many wondrous tales that Eisner relates in this memoir of his research on insects is that of a tiny millipede (a polyxenid) that defends itself by coating its attacker—usually an ant—with bristles. Scanning electron micrographs taken by Maria Eisner, coworker and wife of Thomas Eisner, show how the entangling mechanism works. The bristle tips are grappling hooks that become fastened to the ant’s hairs. To make matters worse, barbs on the bristle shafts cross-link the bristles, creating a loose meshwork that muzzles the ant and strings its legs together. After observing an attack, Eisner wrote that the ants "attempted to clean themselves, but in so doing seemed only to aggravate their plight. They wiped antennae with forelegs, drew appendages through the mouthparts, or stroked legs against one another, but they usually succeeded only in further entangling themselves. . . . Many lost their footing and fell to the side, without ever recovering. . . . The polyxenids, without exception, survived the encounters." Unlike the polyxenids, most of the insects Eisner has studied use chemicals to defend themselves. In fact, his discoveries of these defenses, beginning in the 1950s just after he earned his doctorate from Harvard University, helped to found a new field of biology, chemical ecology. He has, ever since, been busy making new discoveries about these surprising strategies in the field and in laboratory experiments at Cornell University, where he is J. G. Schurman Professor of Chemical Ecology. The findings he describes are intriguing—all the more so in that they provide the scaffolding on which we see at work the mind of one of our most distinguished scientists and naturalists. Exquisitely illustrated with photographs, most taken by Eisner, who is widely admired for his photography, the book is written in a style that is conversational, witty and graphic. Beautiful to look at and beautiful to read.

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From Booklist

An avowed "entomophile" (insect lover), Eisner has written an absorbing book on his years of studying insects. E. O. Wilson points out in his introduction that the keys to Eisner's success are excellence both as a field biologist and as a laboratory experimentalist, and these strengths are revealed in his personal accounts of the animals he studied and the discoveries he made. The text ranges from the anecdotal, as when the author was sprayed by a stick insect and declares the secretion "evil stuff," to the scientific, when he discusses the chemical composition of such sprays. The author is also an accomplished photographer, and the book is heavily illustrated with color photographs that are not only masterful at illustrating his experiments but also surprisingly beautiful. Although insects are not usually the stars of popular-science writing, this engaging look at how one scientist studies their lives may add them to the most-requested lists of science- and animal-loving readers. Nancy Bent
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In a book about little beasts, Eisner has triumphed in adding a new dimension to the world we inhabit.
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This book is fascinating, full of wonderful prose and amazing pictures.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jared Wolfhope on December 19, 2003
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Imagine beetles ejecting defensive sprays as hot as boiling water; female moths holding their mates for ransom; caterpillars disguising themselves as flowers by fastening petals to their bodies; termites emitting a viscous glue to rally fellow soldiers--and you will have entered an insect world once beyond imagining, a world observed and described down to its tiniest astonishing detail by Thomas Eisner. The story of a lifetime of such minute explorations, For Love of Insects celebrates the small creatures that have emerged triumphant on the planet, the beneficiaries of extraordinary evolutionary inventiveness and unparalleled reproductive capacity.
To understand the success of insects is to appreciate our own shortcomings, Eisner tells us, but never has a reckoning been such a pleasure. Recounting exploits and discoveries in his lab at Cornell and in the field in Uruguay, Australia, Panama, Europe, and North America, Eisner time and again demonstrates how inquiry into the survival strategies of an insect leads to clarifications beyond the expected; insects are revealed as masters of achievement, forms of life worthy of study and respect from even the most recalcitrant entomophobe. Filled with descriptions of his ingenious experiments and illustrated with photographs unmatched for their combination of scientific content and delicate beauty, Eisner's book makes readers participants in the grand adventure of discovery on a scale infinitesimally small, and infinitely surprising.
NOT ALL WORDS. PICTURES TOO !!!!!!!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For Love of Insects
Thomas Eisner
Foreword by Edward O. Wilson
Although insects are not usually the stars of popular-science writing, this engaging look at how one scientist studies their lives may add them to the most-requested lists of science- and animal-loving readers.
--Nancy Bent, Booklist
For Love of Insects is especially valuable because it explains the steps missing from the research reports in Nature and Science: [Eisner] tells the story from first noticing a bug on a walk in the woods, through experiments and analytical chemistry, to a final understanding of each phenomenon...For Love of Insects is a fascinating introduction to a world we poor humans--barely able to detect most chemicals--seldom notice.
--Jonathan Beard, New Scientist [UK]
[Eisner's] new book is a personal memoir of a lifetime in science, engagingly written and stunningly illustrated with photographs of insects doing astonishing things...What makes Eisner a world-class entomologist is not access to million-dollar scientific instruments, but a mind that never stops asking 'Why?'
--Chet Raymo, Boston Globe
This is one of the best nature titles in the last several years.
--Kim Long, Bloomsbury Review
[P]repare to be amazed. Brimming with enthusiasm, Eisner reveals a world of unbelievable majesty and complexity in the simplest of insects. The photographs alone are worth the price of the book, but the text crackles with the electricity of a brilliant genius at work, as Eisner leads the reader from simple observation to major scientific breakthrough. In fact this book should be required reading for every biology student because it illuminates the basic principle that passion and curiosity are the twin pillars of all great science.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rigersa on February 20, 2006
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VERY interesting to read, does not condescend but at the same time does not leave the layperson baffled. Well done. Enthusiastically written and modular--if you skip chapters no impact.

HIGHLY recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in scientific method, insects, and biological sciences.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Close on November 27, 2004
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I recommend this book to anyone interested in nature, whether they are the highly-trained professional biologist, the aspiring naturalist, or even the person who likes to watch what goes on in their back yard. Eisner's book unlocks some of the best kept secrets of the insect world, and it does so in a way that is easy to understand and highly enjoyable to read. I previously had no interest in studying insects (my professional interest generally include vertebrates), but this book has helped me to gain an appreciation for them. I could not put it down!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2004
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For those people lucky enough to meet Dr. Eisner, they will know that he is a very intelligent, very humble man. Dr. Eisner has devoted his life to studying insects, and his passion comes across in his words and his photographs. It is difficult to get this man to speak about his accomplishments, and this book gives the reader a wonderful opportunity to get to know one of the greatest biologists of this century, and learn why he has earned that title.
The photographs are exquisite and they alone are worth buying the book. The stories are fascinating tales that seem like they should be science fiction, yet they are science fact. An enlightening book for those that fear "creepy crawlies" as to why these creatures deserve respect, even if they are still worth fearing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By traderje on August 9, 2005
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First thing you do when you get a new entomology book is thumb through the pictures. And you will enjoy the pictures in this book.

But while many books have little to offer after the pictures, Eisner gives you lively, first hand narratives on how he discovered many secrets to the private lives of insects.

One of the first little mysteries Eisner discusses is how he developed his nose for benzoquinone detection at an early age and how he put it to good use in discovering how species of cockroaches use them for defense.

There are many such stories in this book that will be a delight to people who like to study insects.
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