Naturalist.

"Most children have a bug period. I never grew out of mine": First Edition of Edward O. Wilson's Naturalist; Inscribed by Him To Fellow Writer Robert Fay

Naturalist.

WILSON, Edward O.

$225.00

Item Number: 2574

Washington, D.C: Island Press/ Shearwater Books, 1994.

First edition of this autobiography by the Wilson. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page to fellow writer Robert Fay, who has drawn an image of an ant. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by David Bullen.

"Most children have a bug period," writes Edward O. Wilson. "I never grew out of mine." Winner of two Pulitzer prizes, pioneer in sociobiology, distinguished entomologist and teacher, Wilson has written an absorbing memoir that charts his development as a scientist. From the age of seven, he wanted to be a naturalist; an accident that left him blind in one eye determined his field, and he settled on ants. Wilson recounts with affection his student days at the University of Alabama. In 1951 he enrolled at Harvard to complete his Ph.D.; there he began to study the evolution of social ecology among animals. Memorable field trips-to Cuba, Central America, the South Pacific-led him into new disciplines (biogeography and biodiversity). Noting that he has been "blessed with brilliant enemies," he gives a lively account of academic infighting between molecular and evolutionary biologists during the 1960s. Wilson discusses his collaboration with Bert Holldobler and the controversy that arose from the publication of Sociobiology: The New Synthesis in 1975. Wilson's memoir gives a rare glimpse into the evolution of scientific theory.

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