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In a Patch of Fireweed: A Biologist's Life in the Field

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Why would a grown man chase hornets with a thermometer, paint whirligig beetles bright red, or track elephants through the night to fill trash bags with their prodigious droppings? Some might say--to advance science. Heinrich says--because it's fun.

Bernd Heinrich, author of the much acclaimed Bumblebee Economics, has been playing in the wilds of one continent or another all his life. In the process, he has become one of the world's foremost physiological ecologists. With In a Patch of Fireweed, he will undoubtedly become one of our foremost writers of popular science.

Part autobiography, part case study in the ways of field biology, In a Patch of Fireweed is an endlessly fascinating account of a scientist's life and work. For the author, it is an opportunity to report not just his results but the curiosity, humor, error, passion, and competitiveness that feed into the process of discovery. For the reader, it is simply a delight, a rare chance to share the perceptions of an unusual mind fully in tune with the inner workings of nature. Before his years of research in the woodlands and deserts of North America, the New Guinea highlands, and the plains of East Africa, Heinrich had a sense of the wild that few people in this century can know. He tells the whole story, from his refugee childhood hidden in a German forest, eating mice fried in boar fat, to his ongoing research in the woods surrounding his cabin in Maine.

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Part autobiography, part case study in the ways of field biology, this is a fascinating account of Heinrich's (zoology, U. of Vermont, Burlington) life and work, as he reports not just his results but the curiosity, humor, error, passion, and competitiveness that feed the process of discovery.
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Synopsis:

Part autobiography, part case study in the ways of field biology, In a Patch of Fireweed is an endlessly fascinating account of a scientist's life and work. For the author, it is an opportunity to report not just his results but the curiosity, humor, error, passion, and competitiveness that feed into the process of discovery. For the reader, it is simply a delight, a rare chance to share the perceptions of an unusual mind fully in tune with the inner workings of nature.

About the Author

Bernd Heinrich is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Vermont. He has written several memoirs of his life in science and nature, including One Man's Owl, and Ravens in Winter. Bumblebee Economics was twice a nominee for the American Book Award in Science, and A Year in the Maine Woods won the 1995 Rutstrum Authors' Award for Literary Excellence.

Table of Contents

Flight into the Forest

Maine

Tanganyika Bird Hunt

The Thesis Hunt

In a Patch of Fireweed

Capitalist Bees

Honeybee Swarms

Africa Dung Beetles

Whirligigs

Caterpillar Diners

Pit Trappers

Bald-Faced Hunters

Counting Yellowjackets

Hunting Winter Moths

Life on My Hill

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674445512
Author:
Heinrich, Bernd
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Insects
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Heinrich, Bernd
Subject:
Biology-General
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Biology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 1991
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 fine line illustrations
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 11 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Part autobiography, part case study in the ways of field biology, In a Patch of Fireweed is an endlessly fascinating account of a scientist's life and work. For the author, it is an opportunity to report not just his results but the curiosity, humor, error, passion, and competitiveness that feed into the process of discovery. For the reader, it is simply a delight, a rare chance to share the perceptions of an unusual mind fully in tune with the inner workings of nature.
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