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Author Hölldobler, Bert, 1936-

Title Journey to the ants : a story of scientific exploration / Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1994


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  595.796 Hol/Jtt  AVAILABLE
Description 228 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents The dominance of ants -- For the love of ants -- The life and death of the colony -- How ants communicate -- War and foreign policy -- The Ur-ants -- Conflict and dominance -- The origin of cooperation -- The superorganism -- Social parasites : breaking the code -- The trophobionts -- Army ants -- The strangest ants -- How ants control their environment -- Epilogue: Who will survive? -- How to study ants
Summary A window on the world of ants as well as those who study them, this book will be a rich source of knowledge and pleasure for anyone who has ever stopped to wonder about the miniature yet immense civilization at our feet
Sichly illustrated and delightfully written, Journey to the Ants combines autobiography and scientific lore to convey the excitement and pleasure the study of ants can offer. The authors interweave their personal adventures with the social lives of ants, building, from the first minute observations of childhood, a remarkable account of these abundant insects' evolutionary achievement. Accompanying Holldobler and Wilson, we peer into the colony to see how ants cooperate and make war, how they reproduce and bury their dead, how they use propaganda and surveillance, and how they exhibit a startlingly familiar ambivalence between allegiance and self-aggrandizement. This exotic tour of the entire range of formicid biodiversity - from social parasites to army ants, nomadic hunters, camouflaged huntresses, and energetic builders of temperature-controlled skyscrapers - opens out increasingly into natural history, intimating the relevance of ant life to human existence
Hailed as "a masterpiece" by Scientific American and as "the greatest of all entomology books" by Science, Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson's monumental treatise The Ants also was praised in the popular press and won a Pulitzer Prize. This overwhelming success attests to a fact long known and deeply felt by the authors: the infinite fascination of their tiny subjects. This fascination finds its full expression in Journey to the Ants, an overview of myrmecology that is also an eloquent tale of the authors' pursuit of these astonishing insects
Analysis Ants
Notes Includes index
Subject Hölldobler, Bert, 1936-
Wilson, Edward O.
Wilson, Edward O. (Edward Osborne), 1929-
ANTS (Symposium : Algorithmic number theory) -- Research.
ANTS (Symposium : Algorithmic number theory)
Ants -- Research.
Insect societies.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Author Wilson, Edward O.
LC no. 94013386
ISBN 0674485254 acid-free paper
9780674485259 acid-free paper