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A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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“Wilson suggests that our tired planet, managed wisely, can still demonstrate an enormous capacity for regeneration. . . . [his] prose consistently strikes a note of transcendence, and one sees a hint of that, too, in the pictures of Gorongosa by Piotr Nasrecki that accompany the text.” (Danny Heitman The Christian Science Monitor)
“The father of sociobiology and one of the most prolific science writers of our time, Edward O. Wilson is back with a new book that explores a slice of wilderness in deepest Africa. . . . As usual, Wilson’s observations carry more weight than the descriptions of a simple naturalist. In A Window on Eternity, he invites us to glimpse ourselves in the mirror of one of Earth’s few remaining wildernesses.” (Bob Grant The Scientist)
"[Wilson is] The world's greatest living naturalist." (Justin Moyer The Washington Post)
“Wilson describes in language that is both poetic and scientific a kind of parable of what is possible in the realm of environmental protection. . . . By destroying the natural world, we are destroying ourselves. Our blindness to this reality is the most crucial and fundamental fact of the world today. A Window on Eternity brings this reality into focus in a lucid and disarmingly gentle manner. It is a fitting capstone to Wilson's exceptional career.” (David Edmund Moody The Huffington Post)
“A lyrical ode to biodiversity. . . . Wilson speaks with passion throughout. . . . This volume’s visual content [is] as remarkable as the stories.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Entomologist E.O. Wilson chronicles both the shifting ecology of Gorongosa after the war and how researchers are trying to repair the damage. . . . Naskrecki’s images are a delight, capturing the spirit of the recovering landscape and its animals, great and small. . . . Ultimately, the book is a cautionary tale about how human affairs are fundamentally entangled with the natural world.” (Allison Bohac Science News)
“Wilson specializes in ants, and his explanations about the importance of insect relationships and biodiversity in Gorongosa are charming and accessible—no jargon, just joy.” (Associated Press)
“The famed biologist still gets giddy as a schoolboy when he encounters ants that can consume a live python, or describe how to hypnotize a dragonfly. Wilson waxes poetic about the marvel of the park's well-balanced ecosystems, but changes his tone in the final chapter: a condemnation of humanity trampling en route to what he calls the Eremocene, or Age of Loneliness.” (Discover)
“The rebirth of a premier nature reserve in Mozambique, recounted in a gentle storytelling style by noted Harvard entomologist Wilson. . . . A big story about a small place with an ageless appreciation and discernment it would be criminal to ignore.” (Kirkus Reviews)
More About the Author
As a writer, Piotr strives to promote appreciation and conservation of invertebrate animals - insects, arachnids, and their kin - by capturing both their beauty and roles as vital, often critically important members of the Earth's ecosystems. He is the author of over 30 scientific, peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his photographs and nature writing have been published in a number of national and international publications, including The Smithsonian Magazine, Natural History, National Wildlife, National Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine, BBC Knowledge, Terre Sauvage, Time magazine, Ranger Rick, and many others.
Top Customer Reviews
In our dying world, filled with human overpopulation and environmental destruction everywhere we look, it is easy to feel like trying to preserve the natural world is fighting a losing battle. This book tells us otherwise. It gives us hope by showing us a concrete example of environmental success. It reminds us what is possible. It shows us that we still have a chance to save our planet. It's not too late. Gorongosa is a shining of example of what happens when humans get it right.
Everyone should read this book and pause. I too have looked at it and can not help but pause.
Now about. I have read this work once and want to read it again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
E.O. Wilson's view of the restoration of this magnificent park is well worth a read. Highly Recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Paul B.
The author had descriptively displayed the authenticity of his love for nature. How he respected every angle and character of what this living planet is made of. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rhel
Edward O. Wilson may well be the pre-eminent ecologist of our time. This book (his 28th), informed by his long experience in ecological field work, presents a vital message: only... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Christopher Paul Winter
This was so much fun to read. I loved the images mixed with the text as I normally do not read picture books. Read morePublished 13 months ago by TED KAZ
This is a stunningly beautiful book. Wilson's words, Naskrecki's photos, and and additional dvd makes this a fantastic coffee table nature book worth reading as well as... Read morePublished 13 months ago by chris mclaughlin
Beautifully written and photographed. A window into how to save the planetPublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
I'm a great fan of E. O. Wilson, having read almost everything he's written in book form (alas, not his scientific papers) including "Ants". Read morePublished 15 months ago by RET
As always, E.O Wilson expresses the immediate need for protection of natural areas that preserve plant and animal species. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Marjorie E.Streckfus