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Wilson, Edward O.

Works: 585 works in 1,931 publications in 14 languages and 82,989 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Records and correspondence  Fiction  Nature stories  History  Popular works  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Compiler, Speaker, Other, Contributor, Honoree, Illustrator, pre
Classifications: QH75, 333.95
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Most widely held works by Edward O Wilson
The diversity of life by Edward O Wilson( Book )

66 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 3,943 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
Sociobiology : the new synthesis by Edward O Wilson( Book )

114 editions published between 1975 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 3,635 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
Consilience : the unity of knowledge by Edward O Wilson( Book )

70 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 3,180 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
On human nature by Edward O Wilson( Book )

71 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 3,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a philosophy based on sociobiological theory and applying the theory of natural selection to human society
The future of life by Edward O Wilson( Book )

40 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 3,094 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
The creation : an appeal to save life on earth by Edward O Wilson( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2,286 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 )

16 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,132 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 )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,056 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 superorganism : the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies by Bert Hölldobler( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and German and held by 1,932 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 )

33 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hailed as "a masterpiece" by Scientific American and as "the greatest of all entomology books" by Science, Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson's monumental treatise The Ants also was praised in the popular press and won a Pulitzer Prize. This overwhelming success attests to a fact long known and deeply felt by the authors: the infinite fascination of their tiny subjects. This fascination finds its full expression in Journey to the Ants, an overview of myrmecology that is also an eloquent tale of the authors' pursuit of these astonishing insects
Biodiversity by Edward O Wilson( Book )

70 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 1,829 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
Anthill : a novel by Edward O Wilson( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,624 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
The meaning of human existence by Edward O Wilson( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most philosophical work to date, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson examines what makes human beings supremely different from all other species and posits that we, as a species, now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin to approach questions about our place in the cosmos and the meaning of intelligent life in a systematic, indeed, in a testable way
Biophilia by Edward O Wilson( Book )

34 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eminent biologist reflects on his own response to nature and the aesthetic aspects of his exploration of natural systems in an intensely personal essay that examines the essential links between mankind and the rest of the living world
Evolution : the first four billion years( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to evolutionary biology, with sixteen essays about the history and philosophy of the field, related empirical and theoretical questions about topics such as speciation, adaptation, and development, and articles on important figures, social and political issues, and related religious topics
In search of nature by Edward O Wilson( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,503 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 )

45 editions published between 1967 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Theory of Island Biogeography was never intended as the last word on the subject. Instead, MacArthur and Wilson sought to stimulate "new forms of theoretical and empirical studies, which will lead in turn to a stronger general theory." Even a third of a century since its publication, the book continues to serve that purpose well. From popular books like David Quammen's Song of the Dodo to arguments in the professional literature. The Theory of Island Biogeography remains at the center of discussions about the geographic distribution of species. In a new preface, Edward O. Wilson reviews the origins and consequences of this classic book."--BOOK JACKET
Biodiversity II : understanding and protecting our biological resources( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,252 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
The Biophilia hypothesis by Stephen R Kellert( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Biophilia" is the term coined by Edward O. Wilson, author of The Diversity of Life and winner of two Pulitzer prizes, to describe what he believes is our innate affinity for the natural world. In his landmark book Biophilia, he examined how our tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes might be a biologically based need, integral to our development as individuals and as a species. The idea has caught the imagination of diverse thinkers. The Biophilia Hypothesis brings together the views of some of the most creative scientists of our time, each attempting to amplify and refine the concept of biophilia. The various perspectives - psychological, biological, cultural, symbolic, and aesthetic - frame the theoretical issues by presenting empirical evidence that supports or refutes the hypothesis. Numerous examples illustrate the idea that biophilia and its converse, biophobia, have a genetic component: people develop fear and even full-blown phobias of snakes and spiders with very little negative reinforcement, while more threatening modern artifacts - knives, guns, automobiles - rarely elicit such a response; people would rather look at water, green vegetation, or flowers than built structures of glass and concrete; and the development of language, myth, and thought appears to be greatly dependent on the use of natural symbols, particularly animals. The biophilia hypothesis, if substantiated, provides a powerful argument for the conservation of biological diversity. More important, it implies serious consequences for our well-being as society becomes further estranged from the natural world. Relentless environmental destruction could have a significant impact on our quality of life, not just materially but psychologically and even spiritually
Naturalist by Edward O Wilson( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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Consilience : the unity of knowledge
Alternative Names
E.O. Wilson

Edgar Wilson

Edvards Osborns Vilsons

Edward O. Wilson US-amerikanischer Entomologe und Biologe

Edward Osborne Wilson

Edward Osborne Wilson Amerikaans entomoloog

Edward Osborne Wilson amerykański biolog

Edward Osborne Wilson biologo statunitense

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Weierxun, Aidehua

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Wilson, E. O. (Edward O.)

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Wiruson, Edowādo O.

Wiruson Edowādo O. 1929-....

Едвард Озборн Вилсон американски биолог

Едвард Осборн Вілсон

Едуард Уилсън

Уилсон, Эдвард Осборн американский биолог, социобиолог, мирмеколог, эколог, писатель

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إدوارد أوسبورن ويلسون

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에드워드 오스본 윌슨

윌슨, 에드워드 1929-

윌슨, 에드워드 O. 1929-

윌슨, 에드워드 오스본 1929-

윌슨, 에드워드 오즈번 1929-

ウィルソン, E. O.

ウィルソン, エドワード・O.



Sociobiology : the new synthesisConsilience : the unity of knowledgeOn human natureThe future of lifeThe creation : an appeal to save life on earthThe antsThe superorganism : the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societiesJourney to the ants : a story of scientific exploration