The Genius of Birds

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Penguin, 2016 - Science - 340 pages
An award-winning science writer tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about.

As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.

Ackerman is also the author of Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast.
 

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User Review  - Narilka - LibraryThing

Basically the author looked up all the studies she could find on bird intelligence and wrote a research paper. It is definitely well researched and decently written, with the final third of the book ... Read full review

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

A thoroughly interesting popular treatment of recent research on bird "intelligence," in various forms. Other than a few moments which I found overly repetitive, I learned a great deal and very much liked the book. Read full review

Contents

The Genius of Birds
1
Taking the Measure of a Bird Mind
39
Technical Wizardry
63
Social Savvy
101
Pocal Pirtuosity
137
Aesthetic Aptitude
171
Spatial and Tempora Ingenuity
239
Acknowledgments
267
Index
329
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JENNIFER ACKERMAN has been writing about science, nature, and human biology for almost three decades. Her most recent books include Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body; Ah-Choo: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold; Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity; and Notes from the Shore. A contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic, The New York Times, and many other publications, Ackerman is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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