The Superorganism

The Superorganism

The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies

Book - 2009
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Ants present a lavishly detailed account of the extraordinary lives of social insects that draws on more than two decades of research and offers insight into how bees, termites, and other insect societies thrive in systems of altruistic cooperation, complex communication, and labor division.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393067040
0393067041
Branch Call Number: 595.71782
Characteristics: xxi, 522 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,27 cm
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Edward O.

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2016Outback
Feb 04, 2019

This is the second book/tome regarding the Ant that Bert Hölldobler was involved, the first being The ANTS. This treatise is a scholarly work explaining Ant behavior. It is geared more toward the serious level of Myrmecology (a word I picked up in this volume!), i.e. the scientific study of the Ant. Recommended reading.

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stewstealth
Sep 16, 2016

This book could probably be subtitled "The evolutionary basis for super-organisms" as this is the main thrust of the book. Additionally it is geared towards ants as this is the author's forte. That being said the book is informative. It is a scholarly look at the concept of the "super-organisms" as individual units with simple algorithms make a complex "intelligent" creature. Worth reading if you are interested.

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