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Nature Revealed

Selected Writings, 1949-2006

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson is one of the leading biologists and philosophical thinkers of our time. In this compelling collection, Wilson's observations range from the tiny glands of ants to the nature of the living universe. Many of the pieces are considered landmarks in evolutionary biology, ecology, and behavioral biology.

Wilson explores topics as diverse as slavery in ants, the genetic basis of societal structure, the discovery of the taxon cycle, the original formulation of the theory of island biogeography, a critique of subspecies as a unit of classification, and the conservation of life's diversity. Each article is presented in its original form, dating from Wilson's first published article in 1949 to his most recent exploration of the natural world. Preceding each piece is a brief essay by Wilson that explains the context in which the article was written and provides insights into the scientist himself and the debates of the time.

This collection enables us to share Wilson's various vantage points and to view the complexities of nature through his eyes. Wilson aficionados, along with readers discovering his work for the first time, will find in this collection a world of beauty, complexity, and challenge.

About the Author

Edward O. Wilson is an entomologist and biologist known for his pioneering work on evolution and sociobiology, and is often referred to as the father of sociobiology and modern biodiversity studies. He has authored many books, including Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975), On Human Nature (winner of a 1979 Pulitzer Prize), The Ants (winner of a 1991 Pulitzer Prize), Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998) and Kingdom of Ants: José Celestino Mutis and the Dawn of Natural History in the New World (2010). He has received over one hundred awards, many of them international, in science and letters. He is the Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.


"Showcases the biologist's special talents for extrapolating global theories from arcane and detailed research... Enlightening and thought-provoking."

- Library Journal

"Nature Revealed demonstrates, again and again, Wilson's endless capacity to put scientific findings into a broader context and to bridge gaps between disciplines. "

- Nature

"E.O. Wilson's many contributions to science can hardly be summarized in a newspaper column, but the highlights are well preserved in Nature Revealed. "

- Whit Gibbons - Aiken Standard

"This book captures the key elements in this gifted explorer's complex journey so far."

- Choice


"A fascinating collection from one of the most influential thinkers of our time."

- Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate

"A wonderful sample of the writings of one of our most distinguished evolutionists and a great champion of biodiversity. Wilson is also one of the broadest thinkers on the intellectual stage today. This is an especially important book for a time when science in the United States is under attack by forces seeking to reverse the enlightenment."

- Paul R. Ehrlich, author of Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect

"Edward Wilson is among the great scientists, thinkers, and authors of my lifetime. In this book he gathers and places in context his own key writings from 1949 to the present. The result is both a moving book and a treasure for those interested in science and history."

- Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel

"This book is a treasure trove of ideas... It always rewards."

- J. Stewart - British Journal of Entomology and Natural History

"Lucid and eminently readable... a valuable primer for those interested in the history of science."

- Quarterly Review of Biology
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