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Wilson, Edward O.

Works: 519 works in 1,661 publications in 17 languages and 74,414 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings  Biography  Fiction  Nature stories  Records and correspondence  History  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Speaker, Other, Compiler, Illustrator, Contributor
Classifications: QH75, 333.9516
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On human nature by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
87 editions published between 1978 and 2004 in 9 languages and held by 4,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a philosophy based on sociobiological theory and applying the theory of natural selection to human society
The diversity of life by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
71 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 4,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the Amazon Basin the greatest violence sometimes begins as a flicker of light beyond the horizon. There in the perfect bowl of the night sky, untouched by light from any human source, a thunderstorm sends its premonitory signal and begins a slow journey to the observer, who thinks: the world is about to change." Watching from the edge of the Brazilian rain forest, witness to the sort of violence nature visits upon its creatures, Edward O. Wilson reflects on the crucible of evolution, and so begins his remarkable account of how the living world became diverse and how humans are destroying that diversity. Wilson, internationally regarded as the dean of biodiversity studies, conducts us on a tour through time, traces the processes that create new species in bursts of adaptive radiation, and points out the cataclysmic events that have disrupted evolution and diminished global diversity over the past 600 million years. The five enormous natural blows to the planet (such as meteorite strikes and climatic changes) required 10 to 100 million years of evolutionary repair. The sixth great spasm of extinction on earth - caused this time entirely by humans - may be the one that breaks the crucible of life. Wilson identifies this crisis in countless ecosystems around the globe: coral reefs, grasslands, rain forests, and other natural habitats. Drawing on a variety of examples such as the decline of bird populations in the United States, the extinction of many species of freshwater fish in Africa and Asia, and the rapid disappearance of flora and fauna as the rain forests are cut down, he poignantly describes the death throes of the living worlds diversity - projected to decline as much as 20 percent by the year 2020. All evidence marshaled here resonates through Wilson's tightly reasoned call for a spirit of stewardship over the worlds biological wealth. He makes a plea for specific actions that will enhance rather than diminish not just diversity but the quality of life on earth. Cutting through the tangle of environmental issues that often obscure the real concern, Wilson maintains that the era of confrontation between forces for the preservation of nature and those for economic development is over; he convincingly drives home the point that both aims can, and must, be integrated. Unparalleled in its range and depth, Wilson's masterwork is essential reading for those who care about preserving the worlds biological variety and ensuring our planets health
Consilience : the unity of knowledge by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
84 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 12 languages and held by 3,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biologist Wilson, considered to be one of the world's greatest living scientists, argues for the fundamental unity of all knowledge, that everything in our world is organized in terms of a small number of fundamental natural laws. Wilson, the pioneer of sociobiology and biodiversity, now once again breaks out of the conventions of current thinking. He shows how and why our explosive rise in intellectual mastery of the truths of our universe has its roots in the ancient Greek concept of an intrinsic orderliness that governs our cosmos--a vision that found its apogee in the Age of Enlightenment, then gradually was lost in the increasing fragmentation and specialization of knowledge in the last two centuries. Drawing on the physical sciences and biology, anthropology, psychology, religion, philosophy, and the arts, Professor Wilson shows why the goals of the original Enlightenment are reappearing on the frontiers of science and humanistic scholarship.--From publisher description
The future of life by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
52 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 3,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the richness of the natural world, how it is currently being threatened, and what can be done to safeguard it
Biodiversity II understanding and protecting our biological resources ( )
18 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 3,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biodiversity is the whole of life on Earth - and every day it is diminished as human population growth and exploitation of land causes the extinction of animal and plant species. If the world does not act quickly and cooperatively, species numbering into the millions will be doomed. In the process, we lose opportunities in medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, and a host of other human endeavors. This is the warning sounded by some of the world's most renowned environmental authorities in Biodiversity II. In words meaningful to lay readers and scientists alike, this book alerts us that we may soon be bereft of species that could help us fight disease and produce useful products - not to mention bringing us the wonder of natural life. Unlike other books on the topic, Biodiversity II tells us what can and must be done right now to preserve life on Earth. The experts who lend their voices to Biodiversity II explain how scientists study biodiversity, what they have learned about the scope of life on the planet, and what urgent questions remain. These experts advocate the fusion of resources already at our command - government biological surveys, private agencies, museum collections, universities - into a more effective force to better understand and protect the wealth of the natural world
Biodiversity by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
55 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 2,931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This important book for scientists and nonscientists alike calls attention to a most urgent global problem: the rapidly accelerating loss of plant and animal species to increasing human population pressure and the demands of economic development. Based on a major conference sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution, Biodiversity creates a systematic framework for analyzing the problem and searching for possible solutions
Sociobiology : the new synthesis by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
58 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 2,874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When this classic work was first published in 1975, it created a new discipline and started a tumultuous round in the age-old nature versus nurture debate. Although voted by officers and fellows of the international Animal Behavior Society the most important book on animal behavior of all time, Sociobiology is probably more widely known as the object of bitter attacks by social scientists and other scholars who opposed its claim that human social behavior, indeed human nature, has a biological foundation. The controversy surrounding the publication of the book reverberates to the present day. In the introduction to this edition, Edward O. Wilson shows how research in human genetics and neuroscience has strengthened the case for a biological understanding of human nature. Human sociobiology, now often called evolutionary psychology, has in the last quarter of a century emerged as its own field of study, drawing on theory and data from both biology and the social sciences. For its still fresh and beautifully illustrated descriptions of animal societies, and its importance as a crucial step forward in the understanding of human beings, this anniversary edition of Sociobiology: the new synthesis will be welcomed by a new generation of students and scholars in all branches of learning
Biophilia by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
30 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 2,501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The creation : an appeal to save life on earth by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 2,344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, this is a book about the fate of the earth and the survival of our planet. Wilson attempts to bridge the seemingly irreconcilable worlds of fundamentalism and science. Passionately concerned about the state of the world, he draws on his own personal experiences and expertise as an entomologist, and prophesies that half the species of plants and animals on Earth could either have gone or at least are fated for early extinction by the end of our present century. This is not a bitter, predictable rant against fundamentalist Christians or deniers of Darwin; rather, Wilson, a leading "secular humanist," draws upon his own rich background as a boy in Alabama who "took the waters," and seeks not to condemn this new generation of Christians but to address them on their own terms.--From publisher description
The ants by Bert Hölldobler ( Book )
13 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 2,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reviews in detail all topics in the anatomy, physiology, social organization, ecology, and natural history of ants
The social conquest of earth by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
24 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career
The insect societies by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
41 editions published between 1971 and 1990 in 4 languages and held by 1,975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A study of insect sociology, presenting individual investigations of wasps, ants, bees, and termites, and discussing caste, behavior, communication, symbioses, and other topics
The superorganism : the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies by Bert Hölldobler ( Book )
14 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Ants present a lavishly detailed account of the extraordinary lives of social insects that draws on more than two decades of research and offers insight into how bees, termites, and other insect societies thrive in systems of altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and labor division
Journey to the ants : a story of scientific exploration by Bert Hölldobler ( Book )
15 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 1,715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sichly illustrated and delightfully written, Journey to the Ants combines autobiography and scientific lore to convey the excitement and pleasure the study of ants can offer. The authors interweave their personal adventures with the social lives of ants, building, from the first minute observations of childhood, a remarkable account of these abundant insects' evolutionary achievement. Accompanying Holldobler and Wilson, we peer into the colony to see how ants cooperate and make war, how they reproduce and bury their dead, how they use propaganda and surveillance, and how they exhibit a startlingly familiar ambivalence between allegiance and self-aggrandizement. This exotic tour of the entire range of formicid biodiversity - from social parasites to army ants, nomadic hunters, camouflaged huntresses, and energetic builders of temperature-controlled skyscrapers - opens out increasingly into natural history, intimating the relevance of ant life to human existence
Anthill : a novel by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Inspirational and magical, this is the story of a boy who grows up determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: man himself
In search of nature by Edward O Wilson ( Book )
24 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in 6 languages and held by 1,562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Perhaps more than any other scientist of our century, Edward O. Wilson has scrutinized animals in their natural settings, tweezing out the dynamics of their social organization, their relationship with their environments, and their behavior, not only for what it tell us about the animals themselves, but for what it can tell us about human nature and our own behavior. He has brought the fascinating and sometimes surprising results of these studies to general readers through a remarkable collection of books, including The Diversity of Life, The Ants, On Human Nature, and Sociobiology. The grace and precision with which he writes of seemingly complex topics has earned him two Pulitzer prizes, and the admiration of scientists and general readers around the world." "This book is a lively and accessible introduction to the writings of one of the most brilliant scientists of the 20th century. Imaginatively illustrated by noted artist Laura Southworth, it is a book all readers will treasure."--Jacket
The theory of island biogeography by Robert H MacArthur ( Book )
32 editions published between 1967 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Population ecology, Island ecology
Genes, mind, and culture : the coevolutionary process by Charles J Lumsden ( Book )
18 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Analyzes the reciprocative relationship between genes in individuals and the production of culture and shows how predictions about genetic evolution within a cultural pattern can be made
The neuroscience of fair play why we (usually) follow the Golden rule by Donald W Pfaff ( )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Many scholars, using anthropology, psychology, and evolution, argue that our ethical and moral life evolved from nature. Distinguished neuroscientist Donald W. Pfaff, Ph. D., takes that proposition a critical step further, right to the basics: brain signals." "In this first book to describe how ethics maybe a hardwired function of the human brain, Pfaff explains how specific brain circuits cause us to consider an action toward another as if it were happening to us, prompting us to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Pfaff presents a rock-solid hypothesis of why humans across time and geography have such similar notions of good and bad, right and wrong."--Jacket
Promethean fire : reflections on the origin of mind by Charles J Lumsden ( Book )
15 editions published between 1983 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Osborne Wilson, Edward 1929-
Weiersen 1929-
Weierxun, Aidehua.
Weierxun, Aidehua 1929-
Wilson, E. O.
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Wilson, E. O. (Edward O.)
Wilson, E. O. (Edward Osborne), 1929-
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