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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; New Ed edition (1 July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674074424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674074422
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's more to this unbuttoned and intellectually playful book than its plea for a conservation of ethic and the preservation of animal species in all their diversity. We get, for example, several autobiographical glimpses into the background of Professor Wilson...We see Professor Wilson as a boy growing up in the Florida panhandle...Elsewhere he astonishes us with a description of the mating dance of the male Emperor of Germany bird of paradise, and the degree of genetic congruity between pygmy chimpanzees and Homo Sapiens.--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt "New York Times "

The book consists of a set of nine essays. Although they are masterpieces of prose style, they more effectively illustrate Wilson's own biophilia than his contention that biophilia exists as a general human trait...Wilson moves fluidly among minute observations of life forms ranging from leaf-cutter ants to birds of paradise, artfully pausing for a philosophical reflection here and a folksy anecdote there.--John Wilkes "Los Angeles Times "

E. O. Wilson is the entomologist Curator of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. His science writing for the general public has won him the Pulitzer Prize and his scientific publications have won him the highest honors American science can bestow. He is well equipped to engage a subject dear to nature-lovers which until now has not been identified as a species trait--biophilia. The freshness of Wilson's approach lies in its freedom from the obsessions of the environmentalist movement...While he shares the conservationist ethic of environmentalists, and seeks to impart its practical imperatives, he eschews cultism...Let this highly readable book then be commended to all biophiliacs and technocrats.--Hiram Caton "Times Literary Supplement "

Biophilia is an immensely readable book. Wilson is a master storyteller, skillful at evoking exotic scenes.--Washington Post Book World

A fine memoir by one of America's foremost evolutionary biologists...erudite, elegant, and poetic--Natural History

Wilson's own empathy with things illuminates these essays with fresh perceptions of everyday matters...They are masterpieces of prose style.--Los Angeles Times

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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.

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