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The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees [Hardcover]

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1 July 1974

Until his death in 1982, Karl von Frisch was the world's most renowned authority on bees. "The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees" is his masterwork--the culmination of more than fifty years of research. Now available for the first time in paperback, it describes in non-technical language what he discovered in a lifetime of study about honeybees--their methods of orientation, their sensory faculties, and their remarkable ability to communicate with one another. Thomas Seeley's new foreword traces the revolutionary effects of von Frisch's work, not just for the study of bees, but for all subsequent research in animal behavior. This new paperback edition also includes an "Appreciation" of von Frisch by the distinguished biologist Martin Lindauer, who was Frisch's protege and later his colleague and friend.

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (1 July 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674190505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674190504
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 20.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,086,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Von Frisch's "The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees" will surely take its place in the tiny group of genuine classics of scientific literature. It is the definitive account of the waggle dance and other forms of honeybee communication as they have been so consummately elucidated by von Frisch and his students, and it contains in addition a clear summary of the vast lore of experiments on the sensory physiology and orientation of the honeybee.--Edward O. Wilson "Science "

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5.0 out of 5 stars through the bees eye 23 May 2003
This book is a deep mine of information garnered from decades of minutely detailed and exacting experimentation. Where doubts and puzzles exist further experiments are rigorously thought out in a meticulous effort to approach the truth of the bees behaviour.
It is not the sort of book to read from cover to cover in one hop but rather to dip into on a point of interest and then to radiate and search out for further evidence in the book. That is by no means to say that the book cannot be read as a coherent whole, just that the amount of evidence available should be sifted through slowly, this is, after all, the life's work of a brilliant mind. This is a book to return to again and again especially when reading modern papers on the subject, which are sometimes put into a different perspective by what is, a classic magnum opus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bees can talk by Xavier Lesage 5 April 2000
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This book unveils a marvelous language between animals. After reading it you can not any more smash a bee!
The content of the discovery is impressive : one bee can tell her colleague that there is food at 1 300 meters in the North-West direction... Animals can talk using a symbolic language and we know their words.
The thorough methodology used by Karl van Frisch and his students is very impressive as well. No place is left for doubt. 20 years of experiments are described with a German luxury of details. This is a scientific lesson in those time where we do not accept response time exceeding 2 seconds when browsing the web desperatly looking for information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very in-depth reference! 29 Mar 2006
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This is a fascinating book, completely walking step-by-step through all of von Frisch's experiments. It describes his methods for finding out if and how bees react to different things such as size, shape, color, and distance. It also explains the differences in the bee races and their benefits when hybridized. It is amazing to read about how someone watched this communication, previously unknown, completely unfold into the world of bees where polarized light is your guide, and your dances tell the hive how far away their flowers are, or water, and how good of a source it is.
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