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Publisher Comments:

Edward O. Wilson - University Professor at Harvard, winner of two Pulitzer prizes, eloquent champion of biodiversity - is arguably one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. His career represents both a blueprint and a challenge to those who seek to explore the frontiers of scientific understanding. Yet, until now, little has been told of his life and of the important events that have shaped his thought.

In Naturalist, Wilson describes for the first time both his growth as a scientist and the evolution of the science he has helped define. He traces the trajectory of his life - from a childhood spent exploring the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida to life as a tenured professor at Harvard - detailing how his youthful fascination with nature blossomed into a lifelong calling. He recounts with drama and wit the adventures of his days as a student at the University of Alabama and his four decades at Harvard University, where he has achieved renown as both teacher and researcher.

As the narrative of Wilson's life unfolds, the reader is treated to an inside look at the origin and development of ideas that guide today's biological research. Theories that are now widely accepted in the scientific world were once untested hypotheses emerging from one mans's broad-gauged studies. Throughout Naturalist, we see Wilson's mind and energies constantly striving to help establish many of the central principles of the field of evolutionary biology.

The story of Wilson's life provides fascinating insights into the making of a scientist, and a valuable look at some of the most thought-provoking ideas of our time.

Book News Annotation:

A memoir by one of the century's most influential and most controversial biologists. He recounts a childhood with unpleasantnesses that led him to spend hours a day away from other people, his early attraction to bugs, and his training and career. We also get his side of two major controversies: that between molecular and traditional biologists over the legitimacy of the evolutionary approach in the 1950s-60s, and sociobiology, the new discipline (pseudo-discipline according to opponents) he created in 1975. No bibliography.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Edward O. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor and curator of entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Prelude

 

PART I. Daybreak in Alabama

Chapter 1. Paradise Beach

Chapter 2. Send Us the Boy

Chapter 3. A Light in the Corner

Chapter 4. A Magic Kingdom

Chapter 5. To Do My Duty

Chapter 6. Alabama Dreaming

Chapter 7. The Hunters

Chapter 8. Good-Bye to the South

Chapter 9. Orizaba

 

PART II. Storyteller

Chapter 10. The South Pacific

Chapter 11. The Forms of Things Unknown

Chapter 12. The Molecular Wars

Chapter 13. Islands Are the Key

Chapter 14. The Florida Keys Experiment

Chapter 15. Ants

Chapter 16. Attaining Sociobiology

Chapter 17. The Sociobiology Controversy

Chapter 18. Biodiversity, Biophilia

 

Afterword

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559632881
Author:
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Wilson, Edward O.
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Naturalists
Subject:
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Subject:
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Naturalistas
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 1994-865
Publication Date:
19940801
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
52 illustrations
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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