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Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

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"A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them." The Wall Street Journal

One of our greatest living scientists — and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for On Human Nature and The Ants — gives us a work of visionary importance that may be the crowning achievement of his career. In Consilience (a word that originally meant "jumping together"), Edward O. Wilson renews the Enlightenment's search for a unified theory of knowledge in disciplines that range from physics to biology, the social sciences and the humanities.

Using the natural sciences as his model, Wilson forges dramatic links between fields. He explores the chemistry of the mind and the genetic bases of culture. He postulates the biological principles underlying works of art from cave-drawings to Lolita. Presenting the latest findings in prose of wonderful clarity and oratorical eloquence, and synthesizing it into a dazzling whole, Consilience is science in the path-clearing traditions of Newton, Einstein, and Richard Feynman.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-352) and index.

About the Author

Edward O. Wilson was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1929. He received his B.S. and M.S. in biology from the University of Alabama and, in 1955, his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard, where he has since taught, and where he has received both of its college-wide teaching awards. He is currently Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. He is the author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books, OOn Human Nature (1978) and The Ants(1990, with Bert Hölldobler), as well as the recipient of many fellowships, honors, and awards, including the 1977 National Medal of Science, the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1990), the International Prize for Biology from Japan (1993), and, for his conservation efforts, the Gold Medal of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (1990) and the Audubon Medal of the National Audubon Society (1995). He is on the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, and the American Museum of Natural History, and gives many lectures throughout the world. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife, Irene.

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Melissa Kinsey, April 26, 2007 (view all comments by Melissa Kinsey)
Reading Consilience changed the way I look at life and at education. It's all about the connections we can make among the many branches of learning. Those connections further our knowledge, enrich our understanding, and make us better thinkers. It's not an easy read, but well worth the effort.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679768678
Author:
Wilson, Edward O.
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Intellect
Subject:
Enlightenment
Subject:
Philosophy and science
Subject:
Order
Subject:
Philosophie
Subject:
Ordre
Subject:
Philosophie et sciences
Subject:
Historia Da Ciencia
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
science;philosophy;biology;evolution;philosophy of science;non-fiction;epistemology;knowledge;sociobiology;culture;consilience;ecology;evolutionary psychology;nature;sociology;religion;mind;physics;theory;natural history;art;chemistry;genetics;popular sci
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
7989
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.06x5.19x.82 in. .62 lbs.

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