By Bert Hölldobler, Edward O. Wilson
Hailed as "a masterpiece" through medical American and as "the maximum of all entomology books" through technological know-how, Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson's huge treatise The Ants additionally was once praised within the renowned press and received a Pulitzer Prize. This overwhelming good fortune attests to a truth lengthy recognized and deeply felt through the authors: the limitless fascination in their tiny matters. This fascination unearths its complete expression in trip to the Ants, an outline of myrmecology that also is an eloquent story of the authors' pursuit of those marvelous insects.
Richly illustrated and delightfully written, trip to the Ants combines autobiography and medical lore to exhibit the thrill and delight the examine of ants can supply. The authors interweave their own adventures with the social lives of ants, development, from the 1st minute observations of youth, a impressive account of those plentiful bugs' evolutionary achievement.
Accompanying Holldobler and Wilson, we peer into the colony to work out how ants cooperate and make warfare, how they reproduce and bury their useless, how they use propaganda and surveillance, and the way they show a startlingly regular ambivalence among allegiance and self-aggrandizement.
This unique travel of the whole variety of formicid biodiversity - from social parasites to military ants, nomadic hunters, camouflaged huntresses, and full of life developers of temperature-controlled skyscrapers - opens out more and more into common historical past, intimating the relevance of ant lifestyles to human existence.
A window at the international of ants in addition to those that research them, this ebook may be a wealthy resource of data and enjoyment for an individual who has ever stopped to ask yourself concerning the miniature but giant civilization at our ft. [description from GoodReads]
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Extra info for Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration
The material quickly soaked into shiny, shellac-like buttons. blings, we wondered to signal if it brown fluid through into the surface or hardened Watching these Jackson Pollock drib- was possible that the weaver ants use excrement ownership of land in the same way that dogs and cats spray urine to demarcate their territories. We tested this idea by staging experimental wars in the laboratory. We placed two weaver-ant colonies near each other, their nests connected by an arena (an open space enclosed by walls) either one or both could venture.
Wehner was move to the University of Zurich, where he pioneered later to in the visual physiology and orientation of bees and ants. This circle and these environs proved to be Bert's natural intellectual home. Given freedom to study the subject that had enchanted him since childhood, and encouraged by von Frisch himself, he set to work time on new and ecology of full ants. In 1969 he received his habilitation, the equivalent of a second doctorate and the projects in the behavior Germany to become an instructor with classes of own.
Carpenter (Wilson's teacher at Harvard)- Wilson, starting in Wiirzburg with Wheeler, then separating, and as we looping back to touch the shall see, Harvard. Such is German finally, enterprise again at the reticulate structure of heritage in the scientific world. Bert was far from exclusively guided by Gosswald while at Wiirzburg. Because of his father's university. friendship with other myrmecologists in the many fellow enthusiasts before he entered the Among them were Heinrich Kutter of Switzerland and Robert postwar years, he met Stumper of Luxembourg.