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Praise for NATURALIST “A wise personal memoir . . . A mixture of loneliness, amusement, curiosity and intellectual rigor makes the voice of this thoughtful man unforgettable.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW “Vividly, often beautifully written. Wilson emerges not only as a gifted scientist, but also as a likable, passionate, eloquent person.” —JARED DIAMOND in The New York Review of Books “What distinguishes Wilson’s story is its handsome prose, honed by years of practice into a concise and sly discourse. Among literary scientists, no one since Rachel Carson has more effectively joined humble detail to a grand vision of life processes and structures.” —WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD “In this exquisitely written memoir, the famed Harvard scientist looks back at his childhood in the South as well as his career as a groundbreaking thinker in the field of evolutionary biology. Truly, here is the irrefutable proof that scientists have souls.” —USA TODAY “Naturalist reads like a classic hero’s tale.” —BLOOMSBURY REVIEW “[Naturalist] is a sunlit story of the warm south: Mark Twain rather than Tennessee Williams, complete with drive, wit, love, pride, hope and so on . . .beautifully written . . .a profound and increasingly thoughtful love affair with life itself: all life.” —THE GUARDIAN

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Naturalist 25th Anniversary Edition

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Edward O. Wilson





dward O. Wilson is arguably one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. A modern classic of science memoir, Naturalist is a wise and personal account of Wilson’s

growth as a researcher and the evolution of the fields he helped define. At once practical and lyric, Naturalist provides fascinating insights into the making of a scientist, and a valuable look at some of the most thought-provoking ideas of our time. As relevant today as when it was first published twenty-five years ago, Naturalist is a poignant reminder of the human side of science and an inspiring


call to celebrate the little things of the world.

Edward O. Wilson


dward O. Wilson is Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. Arguably the most important evolutionary biologist of his time, he has made seminal contributions to the study of evolution and ecology, created the field of sociobiology, and was one of the earliest voices to speak out about biodiversity loss. Wilson is the author of two Pulitzer Prize winning books, On Human

Nature and The Ants. He is also the author of many groundbreaking works, including Sociobiology, The Diversity of Life, The Future of Life, Consilience, Naturalist and In Search of Nature. Wilson is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, and is an active author of media articles and editorials. He was mentioned in the Economist as “one of the world’s most distinguished scientists.”

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Naturalist 25th Anniversary Edition  

Chapter 10: The South Pacific

Naturalist 25th Anniversary Edition  

Chapter 10: The South Pacific