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on 10 July 2006
Edward O. Wilson is, for my money, the finest nature writer since Gilbert White of Selborne. His extraordinary invocations of the lives of ants, worms, sharks and snakes - some of the most feared and reviled creatures on earth - cut across the cultural meanings that have attached themselves over the course of human history, and show us why we should continue to pay attention to such animals, and especially to their increasingly threatened habitats. At times Wilson gets so close to his subjects that he seems more like an anthropologist than a biologist, but it's this closeness that has yielded the insights that make his writing so compelling. Anyone who enjoys this would also enjoy his wonderfully written memoir, Naturalist.
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on 13 October 2006
Edward O. Wilson is, for my money, the finest nature writer since Gilbert White of Selborne. His extraordinary invocations of the lives of ants, worms, sharks and snakes - some of the most feared and reviled creatures on earth - cut across the cultural meanings that have attached themselves over the course of human history, and show us why we should continue to pay attention to such animals, and especially to their increasingly threatened habitats. At times Wilson gets so close to his subjects that he seems more like an anthropologist than a biologist, but it's this closeness that has yielded the insights that make his writing so compelling. Anyone who enjoys this would also enjoy his wonderfully written memoir, Naturalist
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on 13 October 2006
Edward O. Wilson is, for my money, the finest nature writer since Gilbert White of Selborne. His extraordinary invocations of the lives of ants, worms, sharks and snakes - some of the most feared and reviled creatures on earth - cut across the cultural meanings that have attached themselves over the course of human history, and show us why we should continue to pay attention to such animals, and especially to their increasingly threatened habitats. At times Wilson gets so close to his subjects that he seems more like an anthropologist than a biologist, but it's this closeness that has yielded the insights that make his writing so compelling. Anyone who enjoys this would also enjoy his wonderfully written memoir, Naturalist
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