Naturalist

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Island Press, Apr 24, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 394 pages
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Edward O. Wilson -- University Professor at Harvard, winner of two Pulitzer prizes, eloquent champion of biodiversity -- is arguably one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. His career represents both a blueprint and a challenge to those who seek to explore the frontiers of scientific understanding. Yet, until now, little has been told of his life and of the important events that have shaped his thought.In Naturalist, Wilson describes for the first time both his growth as a scientist and the evolution of the science he has helped define. He traces the trajectory of his life -- from a childhood spent exploring the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida to life as a tenured professor at Harvard -- detailing how his youthful fascination with nature blossomed into a lifelong calling. He recounts with drama and wit the adventures of his days as a student at the University of Alabama and his four decades at Harvard University, where he has achieved renown as both teacher and researcher.As the narrative of Wilson's life unfolds, the reader is treated to an inside look at the origin and development of ideas that guide today's biological research. Theories that are now widely accepted in the scientific world were once untested hypotheses emerging from one mans's broad-gauged studies. Throughout Naturalist, we see Wilson's mind and energies constantly striving to help establish many of the central principles of the field of evolutionary biology.The story of Wilson's life provides fascinating insights into the making of a scientist, and a valuable look at some of the most thought-provoking ideas of our time.
 

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NATURALIST

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

``When others at Harvard spoke of their experiences at Hagia Sophia and the Prado, I reminisced about the wondrous ants I examined in Geneva and Paris,'' remarks the eminent Harvard entomologist in ... Read full review

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User Review  - NellieMc - LibraryThing

Great memoir by a brilliant man, who seems genuinely modest. And it passed my stiffest test--I immediately started researching more about the issues he discussed (bioethnicity) and his other books. If ... Read full review

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Contents

Paradise Beach
5
Send Us the Boy
16
A Light in the Corner
33
A Magic Kingdom
47
To Do My Duty
62
Alabama Dreaming
82
The Hunters
100
GoodBye to the South
124
The Molecule Wars
218
Islands Are the Key
238
The Flordia Keys Experiment
260
Ants
282
Attaining Sociobiology
307
The Sociobiology Controversy
330
Biodiversity Biophilia
354
Afterword
365

Orizaba
139
STORYTELLER
159
The South Pacific
163
The Forms of Things Unknown
197
Acknowledgments
377
Index
381
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Edward O. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor and curator of entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.

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