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Life On A Little Known Planet

Author : Howard Ensign Evans
ISBN : 1558212493
Genre : Nature
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This classic book is natural history at its best.The world of insects is Howard Evans' "little-known planet," the realm of the cockroach and the cricket, the wasp and the bedbug. With the precision and authority of a distinguished biologist, and the wit and grace of an accomplished writer, Howard Evans muses on the uniqueness of dragonflies, the romantic impulses of butterflies, the musicianship of crickets, and the mysteries of the firefly.The insect realm never fails to enlighten, entertain, and sometimes provoke: as Evans asks, "Is the fly a more intricate machine than he appears, or are we less clever than we suppose ourselves to be?"Readers will delight in exploring Life on a Little-Known Planet.
Category: Nature

Biographical Memoirs

Author : National Academy of Sciences
ISBN : 9780309093040
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Biographic Memoirs Volume 86 contains the biographies of deceased members of the National Academy of Sciences and bibliographies of their published works. Each biographical essay was written by a member of the Academy familiar with the professional career of the deceased. For historical and bibliographical purposes, these volumes are worth returning to time and again.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Man Who Loved Wasps

Author : Howard Ensign Evans
ISBN : 1555663508
Genre : Nature
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As the world's leading authority on wasps, Howard Ensign Evans' lifelong study of this creature was only one aspect of his life as an acclaimed scientist and author. For readers, he illuminated the otherworldly lives of humble creatures in such popular books as Life on a Little-Known Planet, Wasp Farm, and Pioneer Naturalists. Before his death in 2002 at the age of 83, Evans and his wife and frequent collaborator, Mary Alice Evans, assembled this final collection of essays (many previously published) in The Man Who Loved Wasps. From Evans' observations at "Wasp Farm," to his admiration for the magpie or his fascination with fireflies, to the amusingly entitled "Intellectual and Emotional World of the Cockroach," each essay reveals the natural world, described by one for whom its magic never diminished. For Evans, the great mysteries, the great discoveries were not to be found in outer space: "I am an astronaut, walking on the best of planets, seeing things never seen before." It is fitting that in this final book, readers are once more transported by his wide-ranging expeditions, which include his first backyard in Ithaca, New York; numerous rivers, canyons, and rock outcroppings in the West; his backyard in the Colorado Rockies; and the wilds of Australia.
Category: Nature

Understanding Biodiversity

Author : David Zeigler
ISBN : 0275994597
Genre : Science
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A short, accessible volume that covers all of the different varieties of biodiversity.
Category: Science

Insect Media

Author : Jussi Parikka
ISBN : 081666739X
Genre : Science
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Since the early nineteenth century, when entomologists first popularized the unique biological and behavioral characteristics of insects, technological innovators and theorists have proposed insects as templates for a wide range of technologies. In Insect Media, Jussi Parikka analyzes how insect forms of social organization-swarms, hives, webs, and distributed intelligence-have been used to structure modern media technologies and the network society, providing a radical new perspective on the interconnection of biology and technology. Through close engagement with the pioneering work of insect ethologists, including Jakob von Uexküll and Karl von Frisch, posthumanist philosophers, media theorists, and contemporary filmmakers and artists, Parikka develops an insect theory of media, one that conceptualizes modern media as more than the products of individual human actors, social interests, or technological determinants. They are, rather, profoundly nonhuman phenomena that both draw on and mimic the alien lifeworlds of insects. Deftly moving from the life sciences to digital technology, from popular culture to avant-garde art and architecture, and from philosophy to cybernetics and game theory, Parikka provides innovative conceptual tools for exploring the phenomena of network society and culture. Challenging anthropocentric approaches to contemporary science and culture, Insect Media reveals the possibilities that insects and other nonhuman animals offer for rethinking media, the conflation of biology and technology, and our understanding of, and interaction with, contemporary digital culture.
Category: Science

On Human Nature

Author : Edward O. Wilson
ISBN : 9780674076556
Genre : Science
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In his new preface E. O. Wilson reflects on how he came to write this book: how The Insect Societies led him to write Sociobiology, and how the political and religious uproar that engulfed that book persuaded him to write another book that would better explain the relevance of biology to the understanding of human behavior.
Category: Science


Author : William J. Bell
ISBN : 0801886163
Genre : Nature
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The cockroach is truly an evolutionary wonder. This definitive volume provides a complete overview of suborder Blattaria, highlighting the diversity of these amazing insects in their natural environments. Beginning with a foreword by E. O. Wilson, the book explores the fascinating natural history and behavior of cockroaches, describing their various colors, sizes, and shapes, as well as how they move on land, in water, and through the air. In addition to habitat use, diet, reproduction, and behavior, Cockroaches covers aspects of cockroach biology, such as the relationship between cockroaches and microbes, termites as social cockroaches, and the ecological impact of the suborder. With over 100 illustrations, an expanded glossary, and an invaluable set of references, this work is destined to become the classic book on the Blattaria. Students and research entomologists can mine each chapter for new ideas, new perspectives, and new directions for future study.
Category: Nature

Y E S Quarterly

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ISBN : CORNELL:31924061400317
Genre : Entomology
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Category: Entomology

Field Notes On Science Nature

Author : Michael R. Canfield
ISBN : 9780674072060
Genre : Nature
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What did George Schaller note when studying the lions of the Serengeti? How does Piotr Naskrecki use relational databases and electronic field notes? In what way is Bernd Heinrich’s approach “truly Thoreauvian,” in E. O. Wilson’s view? Pioneering a new niche in the study of plants and animals in their native habitat, Field Notes on Science and Nature allows readers to peer over the shoulders and into the notebooks of a dozen eminent field workers, to study firsthand their methods, materials, and fleeting impressions. Recording field observations is an indispensable scientific skill, but researchers are not generally willing to share their personal records. Here, for the first time, are reproductions of actual pages from notebooks. And in essays abounding with fascinating anecdotes, the authors reflect on the contexts in which the notes were taken. Covering disciplines as diverse as ecology, paleontology, anthropology, botany, and animal behavior, Field Notes offers specific examples that professional naturalists can emulate to fine-tune their own field methods, along with practical advice that amateur naturalists and students can use to document their adventures.
Category: Nature

Bulletin Of The Entomological Society Of America

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ISBN : 0127289003
Genre : Entomology
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Taxonomy, its limitations and its role in understanding parasitoid biology; An evolutionary approach to host finding and solection; Family planning in parasitoids: adaptive patterns of progeny and sex allocation; The physiological interactions of parasitoids with their hosts and their influence on reproductive strategies; Mating behaviour in parasitic wasps; The genetic and coevolutionary interactions between parasitoids and their hosts; Parasitoids and population regulation; Parasitoid communities: their size; structure and developement; The effect os parasitoids on phytophagous insect communities; Parasitoids in classical biological control; Enhancing parasitoid activity in crops; Parasitoids in the greenhouse: successes with seasonal inoculative release systems.
Category: Entomology