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Costa, James T. 1963-

Overview
Works: 24 works in 75 publications in 1 language and 4,782 library holdings
Genres: History  Handbooks and manuals  Biographies  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Annotator, Commentator for written text
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Most widely held works by James T Costa
Wallace, Darwin, and the origin of species by James T Costa( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Darwin is often credited with discovering natural selection, but the idea was not his alone. The naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, working independently, saw the same process at work and elaborated much the same theory. Their important scientific contributions made both men famous in their lifetimes, but Wallace slipped into obscurity after his death, while Darwin's renown grew. Dispelling the misperceptions that continue to paint Wallace as a secondary figure, James Costa reveals the two naturalists as true equals in advancing one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. Analyzing Wallace's "Species Notebook," Costa shows how Wallace's methods and thought processes paralleled Darwin's, yet inspired insights uniquely his own. Kept during his Southeast Asian expeditions of the 1850s, the notebook is a window into Wallace's early evolutionary ideas. Most important, it demonstrates conclusively that natural selection was not some idea Wallace stumbled upon, but the culmination of a decade-long quest to solve the mystery of the origin of species.--From publisher description
On the organic law of change : a facsimile edition and annotated transcription of Alfred Russel Wallace's Species notebook of 1855-1859 by Alfred Russel Wallace( )

13 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes from Wallace's Malay expedition
Darwin's backyard : how small experiments led to a big theory by James T Costa( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"James T. Costa takes readers on a journey from Darwin's childhood through his voyage on the HMS Beagle where his ideas on evolution began. We then follow Darwin to Down House, his bustling home of forty years, where he kept porcupine quills at his desk to dissect barnacles, maintained a flock of sixteen pigeon breeds in the dovecote, and cultivated climbing plants in the study, and to Bournemouth, where on one memorable family vacation he fed carnivorous plants in the soup dishes. Using his garden and greenhouse, the surrounding meadows and woodlands, and even taking over the cellar, study, and hallways of his home-turned-field-station, Darwin tested ideas of his landmark theory of evolution with an astonishing array of hands-on experiments that could be done on the fly, without specialized equipment. He engaged naturalists, friends, neighbors, family servants, and even his children, nieces, nephews, and cousins as assistants in these experiments, which involved everything from chasing bees and tempting fish to eat seeds to serenading earthworms. From the experiments' results, he plumbed the laws of nature and evidence for the revolutionary arguments of On the Origin of Species and his other watershed works. Beyond Darwin at work, we accompany him against the backdrop of his enduring marriage, chronic illness, grief at the loss of three children, and joy in scientific revelation. This unique glimpse of Darwin's life introduces us to an enthusiastic correspondent, crowd-sourcer, family man, and, most of all, an incorrigible observer and experimenter."--Jacket
The annotated Origin : a facsimile of the first edition of On the origin of species by Charles Darwin( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species is the most important and yet least read scientific work in the history of science. Now James T. Costa--experienced field biologist, theorist on the evolution of insect sociality, and passionate advocate for teaching Darwin with Darwin in a society where a significant proportion of adults believe that life on earth has been created in its present form within the last 10,000 years--has given a new voice to this epochal work. By leading readers line by line through the Origin, Costa brings evolution's foundational text to life for a new generation
The other insect societies by James T Costa( Book )

10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Asked to name an insect society, most of us--whether casual or professional students of nature--quickly point to one of the so-called eusocial marvels: the ant colony, the beehive, the termite mound, the wasp nest. Each is awe-inspiring in its division of labor--collective defense, foraging, and nestbuilding. Yet E.O. Wilson cautioned back in 1971 that sociality should be defined more broadly, "in order to prevent the arbitrary exclusion of many interesting phenomena." Thirty-five years later, James T. Costa gives those interesting phenomena their due. He argues that, in trying to solve the puzzle of how highly eusocial behaviors evolved in a few insect orders, evolutionary biologists have neglected the more diverse social arrangements in the remaining twenty-eight orders--insect societies that don't fit the eusocial schema. Costa synthesizes here for the first time the scattered literature about social phenomena across the arthropod phylum: beetles and bugs, caterpillars and cockroaches, mantids and membracids, sawflies and spiders.--Publisher
Darwin's backyard : how small experiments led to a big theory by James T Costa( Recording )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James T. Costa tells how Darwin found universal evolutionary truths in simple yet ingenious home-spun experiments
Highlands Botanical Garden : a naturalist's guide by James T Costa( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The annotated origin by Charles Darwin( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Alfred Russel Wallace companion( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caterpillars as social insects largely unrecognized, the gregarious behavior of caterpillars is changing the way entomologists think about social insects by James T Costa( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Darwinian revelation tracing the origin and evolution of an idea by James T Costa( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Charles darwin and the origin of the origin( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Costa discusses precursors and influences on Darwin before his publication of On the Origin of the species
Synonymy and its discontents Alfred Russel Wallace's nomenclatural proposals from the "Species Notebook" of 1855-1859 by James T Costa( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Darwin line by line : the living origin by Charles Darwin( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Teaching Darwin with Darwin by James T Costa( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Hamiltonian inclusive fitness a fitter fitness concept by James T Costa( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Scale models? What insect societies teach us about ourselves by James T Costa( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Scale models? What insect societies teach us about ourselves by James T Costa( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Mme. Bertram. -" On Charles Darwin's reading of William Bartram's Travels by James T Costa( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Social evolution in 'other' insects and arachnids by James T Costa( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The other insect societies
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The other insect societiesThe annotated originDarwin line by line : the living origin
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Costa, J. T. 1963-

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English (70)