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The Superorganism Bert Hoelldobler

The Superorganism By Bert Hoelldobler

The Superorganism by Bert Hoelldobler


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The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants render the extraordinary lives of the social insects in this visually spectacular volume.

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The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies by Bert Hoelldobler

The Superorganism promises to be one of the most important scientific works published in this decade. Coming eighteen years after the publication of The Ants, this new volume expands our knowledge of the social insects (among them, ants, bees, wasps, and termites) and is based on remarkable research conducted mostly within the last two decades. These superorganisms-a tightly knit colony of individuals, formed by altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and division of labor-represent one of the basic stages of biological organization, midway between the organism and the entire species. The study of the superorganism, as the authors demonstrate, has led to important advances in our understanding of how the transitions between such levels have occurred in evolution and how life as a whole has progressed from simple to complex forms. Ultimately, this book provides a deep look into a part of the living world hitherto glimpsed by only a very few.

About Bert Hoelldobler

Bert Hoelldobler is Foundation Professor at Arizona State University and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. He lives in Arizona and Germany. Edward O. Wilson (1929-2021) was the author of more than thirty books, including Anthill, Letters to a Young Scientist, and The Conquest of Nature. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Wilson was a professor emeritus at Harvard University and lived with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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NGR9780393067040
9780393067040
0393067041
The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies by Bert Hoelldobler
New
Hardback
WW Norton & Co
2009-01-16
544
Winner of New York Times Notable Selection 2008
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