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A Window on Eternity: A Biologist S Walk Through Gorongosa National Park Hardcover – 1 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Har/DVD edition (1 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476747415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476747415
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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""A Window on Eternity "revels in biodiversity and nature's inventiveness. . . . Wilson plants his defiant flag defending biodiversity in a place once so brutally despoiled that its recovery is truly momentous."--Stuart Pimm "Nature "

"Wilson suggests that our tired planet, managed wisely, can still demonstrate an enormous capacity for regeneration. . . . [his] prose consistently strikes a note of transcendence, and one sees a hint of that, too, in the pictures of Gorongosa by Piotr Nasrecki that accompany the text."--Danny Heitman "The Christian Science Monitor "

"Entomologist E.O. Wilson chronicles both the shifting ecology of Gorongosa after the war and how researchers are trying to repair the damage. . . . Naskrecki's images are a delight, capturing the spirit of the recovering landscape and its animals, great and small. . . . Ultimately, the book is a cautionary tale about how human affairs are fundamentally entangled with the natural world."--Allison Bohac "Science News "

"[Wilson is] The world's greatest living naturalist."--Justin Moyer "The Washington Post "

"A Window on Eternity "revels in biodiversity and nature s inventiveness. . . . Wilson plants his defiant flag defending biodiversity in a place once so brutally despoiled that its recovery is truly momentous. --Stuart Pimm "Nature ""

Wilson suggests that our tired planet, managed wisely, can still demonstrate an enormous capacity for regeneration. . . . [his] prose consistently strikes a note of transcendence, and one sees a hint of that, too, in the pictures of Gorongosa by Piotr Nasrecki that accompany the text. --Danny Heitman "The Christian Science Monitor ""

Entomologist E.O. Wilson chronicles both the shifting ecology of Gorongosa after the war and how researchers are trying to repair the damage. . . . Naskrecki s images are a delight, capturing the spirit of the recovering landscape and its animals, great and small. . . . Ultimately, the book is a cautionary tale about how human affairs are fundamentally entangled with the natural world. --Allison Bohac "Science News ""

A Window on Eternity revels in biodiversity and nature s inventiveness. . . . Wilson plants his defiant flag defending biodiversity in a place once so brutally despoiled that its recovery is truly momentous. --Stuart Pimm "Nature ""

The father of sociobiology and one of the most prolific science writers of our time, Edward O. Wilson is back with a new book that explores a slice of wilderness in deepest Africa. . . . As usual, Wilson s observations carry more weight than the descriptions of a simple naturalist. In A Window on Eternity, he invites us to glimpse ourselves in the mirror of one of Earth s few remaining wildernesses. --Bob Grant "The Scientist ""

Wilson describes in language that is both poetic and scientific a kind of parable of what is possible in the realm of environmental protection. . . . By destroying the natural world, we are destroying ourselves. Our blindness to this reality is the most crucial and fundamental fact of the world today. A Window on Eternity brings this reality into focus in a lucid and disarmingly gentle manner. It is a fitting capstone to Wilson's exceptional career. --David Edmund Moody "The Huffington Post ""

"A Window on Eternity revels in biodiversity and nature's inventiveness. . . . Wilson plants his defiant flag defending biodiversity in a place once so brutally despoiled that its recovery is truly momentous."--Stuart Pimm "Nature "

"The father of sociobiology and one of the most prolific science writers of our time, Edward O. Wilson is back with a new book that explores a slice of wilderness in deepest Africa. . . . As usual, Wilson's observations carry more weight than the descriptions of a simple naturalist. In A Window on Eternity, he invites us to glimpse ourselves in the mirror of one of Earth's few remaining wildernesses."--Bob Grant "The Scientist "

"Wilson describes in language that is both poetic and scientific a kind of parable of what is possible in the realm of environmental protection. . . . By destroying the natural world, we are destroying ourselves. Our blindness to this reality is the most crucial and fundamental fact of the world today. A Window on Eternity brings this reality into focus in a lucid and disarmingly gentle manner. It is a fitting capstone to Wilson's exceptional career."--David Edmund Moody "The Huffington Post "

About the Author

Edward O. Wilson is generally recognized as one of the world's leading scientists. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of many influential books, including The Diversity of Life, Naturalist, The Ants, and Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. He is currently Honorary Curator in Entomology and University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University.

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Just another nature book. Photos and descriptions are nothing special and you can read it in an hour. Yes it would be wonderful if we could preserve this place but in fact it's almost certain we won't preserve anyplace much past the middle of the next century when industrial civilization will be collapsing. Official UN demographics show that of the approx 4 billion that will be added to world in next 100 years or so, 3 billion will be in Africa and there will be nothing left of nature, peace, decency or sanity. Starvation, disease, crime, violence and war will sweep over the earth(as they are even now). Even if a few places are protected by shooting anyone who tries to enter, global warming will drastically transform the planet and force the 11 billion into a much smaller space as the sea rises as much as 200 feet. Only the forceful reduction to a billion or so can prevent this and I don't see it happening. Only good news for me is that I won't have descendants and won't be here to see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park by E.O. Wilson 20 May 2014
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The ebook is WONDERFUL! I was unaware of the existence of this national park in Mozambique until I saw E.O. Wilson interviewed recently. It is very encouraging to know that such a place exists and is being cared for so diligently. The short video on the young man of the village, a scientist in the making, is excellent and together with the book by Wilson it gives encouragement to those who are concerned about our planet's future. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and insightful 25 July 2014
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Beautiful and insightful look at nature from an extraordinarily gifted and mature scientist. I have been to Mozambique several times, which heightened my interest and understanding. Regretfully, my visits have not included Gorongosa, but I intend to remedy that. The book is a visual treat, with copious, amazing photos. Wilson exhibits great wisdom coming from an illustrious career. On a human scale, he shares deeply about his engagement with this unique venture in rehabilitation of a war devastated nature reserve, and about the future of life on earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WIndow On Eternity 28 Jun. 2014
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This book is a beacon of hope, an example of what humanity can do if it wishes species to survive in their diversity. Gorongosa was a war torn park, species were reduced from hundreds to sometimes single digits. An entrepreneur, Gregory C Carr, along with E O Wilson to open a biodiversity research center there, has re-established the mega fauna to almost its original state. As habitat loss and poaching decrease wild animal populations world wide, this book is a positive note on what one species can do to open the window on eternity for itself and many others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book in every way. 12 Aug. 2014
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This book is really designed to be read/watched on a tablet/kindle/ipad type device, or on a PC. I was planning on buying copies of the book for friends, until I neared the end and watched the video about the park, a young worker and E.O. Wilson. Giving the book without the video would feel incomplete. E.O. Wilson is the most gentle and persuasive biologist/environmentalist i have ever read. The photography is incredible.
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Nice book came with a cool DVD that hubby and I (both nature nuts) enjoyed watching.
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