Civilization and the Limpet

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Basic Books, Oct 6, 1998 - Science - 209 pages
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Conceived on an ocean voyage from the shores of England to the Mediterranean Sea, Civilization and the Limpet, by distinguished zoologist and Cambridge professor Martin Wells, traces a fabulous journey, yielding insights into the natural world along the way. Written with both passion and irony, Civilization and the Limpet is much more than just a sea story; it is a tribute to the diversity and tenacity of life in the ocean. In the title chapter, Wells describes the seemingly unintelligent limpet, which, when taken from its natural route and displaced, overcomes almost overwhelming obstacles to find its way home again. He continues with other wonderful tales of marine life to uncover many strange, mysterious, and even dangerous survival strategies, all of them apt metaphors for the conflicts of our existence.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Wells (Zoology/Cambridge Univ.) knows how to write odd, charming, limpid natural history essays, as demonstrated in these vest-pocket introductions to some of the more peculiar denizens of the marine ... Read full review

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This volume of gracefully interwoven essays presents the elements of biology to the lay reader via examples from the marine world. Wells, a zoologist at Cambridge University and an avid yachtsman ... Read full review

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