I received this book as a gift, one that I opened early because the person I received it from (a well-read scientist) has particularly good taste in books. And this book was no exception; well written, illustrated, and developed...it was over and done with in a couple of fine evenings. I was amazed at how engaging this book was, in itself a study of writing about the natural sciences. It is the story of the honey bee and Homo sapiens over the millennia, developed over the pages into a fascinating multi-dimensional picture of our evolving understanding of that important creature and of ourselves. That is, this is not a book parroting facts along an expected track and thesis. It is a book more about how we know what we know about honey bees through the questions asked by researchers and the ways they went about devising apparatus to answer those questions. It also well illustrated how science in general really works, in the defense of such conclusions in the reviewed journals as the course of science demands. Thus, it contains gems of problem development and solving, of data collection and logic, and of the surprising insight peer review can sometimes cast upon what looks like a done deal. Even more importantly, it shows how such peer inquiry can actually firm up a conclusion, and lead to even greater understanding. Its science, done up right, staring the remarkable honey bee.
Five jars! (mmm...stars :))