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Niko's nature : the life of Niko Tinbergen and his science of animal behaviour

Author: H Kruuk
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Niko Tinbergen's pioneering work in ethology won him a Nobel Prize, co-authored with Konrad Lorenz, a one-time Nazi. This is his story, illustrated throughout with photographs and with Tinbergen's  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Niko Tinbergen; Niko Tinbergen; Nikolaas Tinbergen; Niko Tinbergen
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H Kruuk
ISBN: 9780198515586 0198515588
OCLC Number: 52830553
Description: xiv, 391 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Contents: CHAPTER 1 Wild birds and science --
CHAPTER 2 A Dutch upbringing --
Home, siblings, friends, and school 14 --
Youth organized for nature 28 --
A trip abroad 33 --
CHAPTER 3 Student years and Greenland Playing truant 38 --
PhD time 51 --
Greenland 59 --
CHAPTER 4 Ethologist in the 1930s --
Leiden after Greenland 72 --
Camping with the wasps 82 --
Experiments in Leiden 86 --
Niko and Konrad 90 --
Leiden after Lorenz 98 --
CHAPTER 5 The Second World War and after German occupation 114 --
Leiden after the war 129 --
Productivity, ideas, and travel 143 --
The study of instinct 149 --
Move to Oxford 151 --
CHAPTER 6 Starting again: Oxford in the 1950s --
Arrival 160 00 The'Hard Core' 164. Writing and science 173 --
Students in the late 1950s 185 --
Research projects 189 --
Niko and academia 193 --
Home and career 200 --
CHAPTER 7 Niko's two worlds: Oxford in the 1960s --
Dunes, birds, and beasts 208 --
The four whys 218 --
Walney 222 --
Serengeti 225 --
Photography and filming 229 --
Oxford academia again, Niko's other world 235 --
Writing, lecturing, and conferences 247 --
Ethology and humanity 252 --
The black dog, at home, at work, everywhere 257 --
CHAPTER 8 The Nobel Prize, and human behaviour --
Nobel laureate 268 --
Childhood autism 274 --
The Alexander technique 279 --
CHAPTER 9 Winding down --
Retirement 286 --
Old friends 299 --
A family, a cottage, a life 308 --
CHAPTER 10 Niko's legacy --
An evaluation 318 --
Output: publications and impact 325 --
Rewards 327 --
Science that followed 328 --
Torch-bearers 334 --
Memories 345.
Responsibility: Hans Kruuk ; with drawings and photographs by Niko Tinbergen.
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Great men deserve great biographies not sycophantic hagiographies, and Hans Kruuk has done the Maestro proud, as he is uniquely qualified to do. I started reading and couldn't stop. Richard Dawkins Read more...

 
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