Social insects such as ants have long fascinated renowned biologist Wilson. With colleague Hölldobler, he presents this integrated look at social insects, from the genetic to the colony levels of analysis. Incorporating the evolutionary record into the text, the authors alert readers to the relentlessness of environmental pressures on everything that an insect is or does. The authors particularly theorize the adaptive advantages of a species whose members exist as part of a social organization, which emerges in their discussions of preconditions necessary for a transition from an individual to a communal life-cycle. This transition is rare in nature; adding to the amazement is the complexity of insect colonies, to which the authors devote most of their generously illustrated work. Divining how social insects divide into castes of workers, soldiers, and queens; explaining how castes communicate; and placing these successful species within the larger web of life, Wilson and Hölldobler, albeit fond of technical nomenclature, bring an alienlike world to the notice of interested nonscientists, in a volume with long-term library value. --Gilbert Taylor
Bert Hölldobler 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, The Meaning of Human Existence, 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.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - fascinating. I provides so much material for stories to tell around the camp fire.Published 2 months ago by Adele
Has to be the difinitive work on the subject. It puts the casual reader to task in a number of places to do some side reading, but even without this, enough of the text is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by James P. Buckner
The book "The Superorganism" is very nice. Just 3 comments:
1- The understanding of chemical communication is a bit too simplistic for my taste, thus loosing... Read more
The title of the book is “The Super-Organism, The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies” by Bert Holldobler and E.O. Wilson. This book was published by W.W. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Erica Knowles
Even if you don’t like ants in general this Non-fiction book illuminates the hidden but very fascinating world of insects, how they communicate, and how they interact with one... Read morePublished 9 months ago by amanda
Proof that Santa exists and he is a superorganism,
An entertaining book for the curious person.
fascinating subject, written well enough for the layperson to understand.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer