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ISBN13: 9780691147215
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"Honeybee Democracy is a wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated, about humanity's greatest friend among the insects. The honeybee is important not only for its role in agriculture but for what it has taught us concerning the fundamental nature of complex social organization. Seeley, its leading authority, here presents it to a broad readership, with scientific exactitude written in lyrical prose."--Edward O. Wilson, coauthor of The Superorganism

"From bees to brains, Seeley takes us on a remarkable scientific journey of discovery. Through a landmark series of studies, he explores how honeybee swarms decide where to relocate, and from this fascinating tale of life or death, he gives us deep insights into how social systems can make good choices without global information or direct leadership. This book is a masterpiece of intense investigation, careful thought, clear writing, and love for one's subject."--John Miller, Carnegie Mellon University and the Santa Fe Institute

"Seeley presents an engaging story of honeybees, hives, and scientific investigators to illustrate how choices are made through self-organization in hives, human brains, and even town meetings. Honeybee Democracy offers practical lessons told through vivid language."--Jeffrey D. Schall, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University

"Honeybee Democracy is a sheer delight. Seeley, a superb scientist and a gifted communicator, shares fascinating learning and lessons from his splendid work with these remarkable insects. His enthusiasm is infectious and he persuasively shows that there is a great deal humans can gain from studying swarm smarts. I love this book and recommend it highly."--Michael J. Mauboussin, author of Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

"Honeybee Democracy tells one of the great stories of biology and is pertinent to general readers everywhere."--Bernd Heinrich, author of Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

"Honeybee Democracy is a pleasure to read. Seeley conveys the bee scientist's love and respect for the honeybee, the ingenuity necessary for uncovering the secrets of honeybee life, and the fun that is had in doing so. In an era increasingly dominated by big science and its technology, this book reminds us that a common insect and a few ingenious researchers, armed with equipment obtainable from the local shopping mall, can lead us into a remarkable world."--Francis Ratnieks, University of Sussex

Review:

"Honeybee Democracy is a brilliant display of science at work, with each experiment explained and illustrated." --Jonathan Beard, New Scientist

Review:

"This resource by Seeley explains their life cycle and how they dance and interact in an organized and caring fashion. Seeley, a biologist and beekeeper, presents his excellent understanding of what makes the bees' society work for the survival of the species." --Joel M. Lerner, The Washington Post

Review:

"The year’s most enchanting science book. Seeley, biology professor at Cornell University, distills the insights of 40 years studying and keeping bees. He focuses on the astonishing “democratic” process that takes place when a swarm of thousands of bees leaves an overcrowded hive to find a new home." --Financial Times

Review:

"II côtoie légitime ment des travaux désormais classiques sur la sagesse des foules et la célèbre Fable des abeilles de Mandeville qui célébrait, satirquement, les vertus sociales de l'egoisme Letude des abeilles mené a tout." --Julien Damon, Les Echos

Synopsis:

"Honeybee Democracy is a wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated, about humanity's greatest friend among the insects. The honeybee is important not only for its role in agriculture but for what it has taught us concerning the fundamental nature of complex social organization. Seeley, its leading authority, here presents it to a broad readership, with scientific exactitude written in lyrical prose."--Edward O. Wilson, coauthor of The Superorganism

"From bees to brains, Seeley takes us on a remarkable scientific journey of discovery. Through a landmark series of studies, he explores how honeybee swarms decide where to relocate, and from this fascinating tale of life or death, he gives us deep insights into how social systems can make good choices without global information or direct leadership. This book is a masterpiece of intense investigation, careful thought, clear writing, and love for one's subject."--John Miller, Carnegie Mellon University and the Santa Fe Institute

"Seeley presents an engaging story of honeybees, hives, and scientific investigators to illustrate how choices are made through self-organization in hives, human brains, and even town meetings. Honeybee Democracy offers practical lessons told through vivid language."--Jeffrey D. Schall, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University

"Honeybee Democracy is a sheer delight. Seeley, a superb scientist and a gifted communicator, shares fascinating learning and lessons from his splendid work with these remarkable insects. His enthusiasm is infectious and he persuasively shows that there is a great deal humans can gain from studying swarm smarts. I love this book and recommend it highly."--Michael J. Mauboussin, author of Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

"Honeybee Democracy tells one of the great stories of biology and is pertinent to general readers everywhere."--Bernd Heinrich, author of Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

"Honeybee Democracy is a pleasure to read. Seeley conveys the bee scientist's love and respect for the honeybee, the ingenuity necessary for uncovering the secrets of honeybee life, and the fun that is had in doing so. In an era increasingly dominated by big science and its technology, this book reminds us that a common insect and a few ingenious researchers, armed with equipment obtainable from the local shopping mall, can lead us into a remarkable world."--Francis Ratnieks, University of Sussex

Synopsis:

Honeybees make decisions collectively--and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees.

In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together--as a swirling cloud of bees--to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution.

An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them.

About the Author

Thomas D. Seeley is professor of biology at Cornell University and a passionate beekeeper. He is the author of "The Wisdom of the Hive" and "Honeybee Ecology" (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1: Introdu ction 3

Chapter 2: Life in a Honeybee Colony 20

Chapter 3: Dream Home for Honeybees 43

Chapter 4: Scout Bees’ Debate 73

Chapter 5: A greement on Best Site 99

Chapter 6: Buildi ng a Consensus 118

Chapter 7: Initiating the Move to New Home 146

Chapter 8: Steering the Flying Swarm 175

Chapter 9: Swarm as Cognitive Entity 198

Chapter 10: Swarm Smarts 218

EPILOGUE 233

Notes 237

Acknowledgments 261

Illustration Credits 265

Index 271

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This is science. How do scientists choose a field of research, what constitutes a testable theory, how do you construct and run a test for that theory, how do you take an experimental result and extrapolate a larger meaning, how do you take what is learned in one domain and use it to explore another, what makes science exciting and how can you express that excitement and wonder in non-technical terms? All this and more in a book that is written in amanner that is clear as crystal and that let's you experience a scietist at work in the field who has a true love for his work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780691147215
Author:
Seeley, Thomas
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Seeley, Thomas D.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Entomology
Subject:
Animals - Insects & Spiders
Subject:
Organizational Behavior
Subject:
Insect societies
Subject:
Honeybee -- Behavior.
Subject:
Entomology
Subject:
Cognitive science
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Birds and Natural History
Subject:
History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Biology-Entomology and General Invertebrates
Subject:
Popular science
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 color illus. 30 halftones. 26 line il
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 8 in 36 oz

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"Review" by , "Honeybee Democracy is a brilliant display of science at work, with each experiment explained and illustrated." --
"Review" by , "This resource by Seeley explains their life cycle and how they dance and interact in an organized and caring fashion. Seeley, a biologist and beekeeper, presents his excellent understanding of what makes the bees' society work for the survival of the species." --
"Review" by , "The year’s most enchanting science book. Seeley, biology professor at Cornell University, distills the insights of 40 years studying and keeping bees. He focuses on the astonishing “democratic” process that takes place when a swarm of thousands of bees leaves an overcrowded hive to find a new home." --
"Review" by , "II côtoie légitime ment des travaux désormais classiques sur la sagesse des foules et la célèbre Fable des abeilles de Mandeville qui célébrait, satirquement, les vertus sociales de l'egoisme Letude des abeilles mené a tout." --
"Synopsis" by , "Honeybee Democracy is a wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated, about humanity's greatest friend among the insects. The honeybee is important not only for its role in agriculture but for what it has taught us concerning the fundamental nature of complex social organization. Seeley, its leading authority, here presents it to a broad readership, with scientific exactitude written in lyrical prose."--Edward O. Wilson, coauthor of The Superorganism

"From bees to brains, Seeley takes us on a remarkable scientific journey of discovery. Through a landmark series of studies, he explores how honeybee swarms decide where to relocate, and from this fascinating tale of life or death, he gives us deep insights into how social systems can make good choices without global information or direct leadership. This book is a masterpiece of intense investigation, careful thought, clear writing, and love for one's subject."--John Miller, Carnegie Mellon University and the Santa Fe Institute

"Seeley presents an engaging story of honeybees, hives, and scientific investigators to illustrate how choices are made through self-organization in hives, human brains, and even town meetings. Honeybee Democracy offers practical lessons told through vivid language."--Jeffrey D. Schall, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University

"Honeybee Democracy is a sheer delight. Seeley, a superb scientist and a gifted communicator, shares fascinating learning and lessons from his splendid work with these remarkable insects. His enthusiasm is infectious and he persuasively shows that there is a great deal humans can gain from studying swarm smarts. I love this book and recommend it highly."--Michael J. Mauboussin, author of Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

"Honeybee Democracy tells one of the great stories of biology and is pertinent to general readers everywhere."--Bernd Heinrich, author of Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

"Honeybee Democracy is a pleasure to read. Seeley conveys the bee scientist's love and respect for the honeybee, the ingenuity necessary for uncovering the secrets of honeybee life, and the fun that is had in doing so. In an era increasingly dominated by big science and its technology, this book reminds us that a common insect and a few ingenious researchers, armed with equipment obtainable from the local shopping mall, can lead us into a remarkable world."--Francis Ratnieks, University of Sussex

"Synopsis" by , Honeybees make decisions collectively--and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees.

In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together--as a swirling cloud of bees--to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution.

An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them.

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