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The Theory of Island Biogeography
Preface to the Princeton Landmarks in Biology Edition vii Preface xi Symbols Used xiii 1. The Importance of Islands 3 2. Area and Number of Speicies 8 3. Further Explanations of the Area-DiversityExpand
The Insect Societies
Conducts a definitive study of the social structure and symbiotic relationships of termites, social wasps, bees, and ants.
Caste and ecology in the social insects.
In this pathbreaking and far-reaching work George Oster and Edward Wilson provide the first fully developed theory of caste evolution among the social insects and construct a series of mathematical models to characterize the agents of natural selection that promote particular caste systems. Expand
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
In this groundbreaking new book, one of the world's greatest living scientists argues for the fundamental unity of all knowledge and the need to search for what he calls consilience, the compositionExpand
As the area of sampling A increases in an ecologically uniform area, the number of plant and animal species s increases in an approximately logarithmic manner, or s = bAk, (1) where k < 1, as shownExpand
The evolution of eusociality
It is argued that standard natural selection theory in the context of precise models of population structure represents a simpler and superior approach, allows the evaluation of multiple competing hypotheses, and provides an exact framework for interpreting empirical observations. Expand
The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies
The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants render the extraordinary lives of the social insects in this visually spectacular volume, and provides a deep look into a part of the living world hitherto glimpsed by only a very few. Expand
The Social Conquest of Earth
Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going? In a generational work of clarity and passion, one of our greatest living scientists directly addresses these three fundamental questions ofExpand
The biophilia hypothesis
The biophilia hypothesis, if substantiated, provides a powerful argument for the conservation of biological diversity and implies serious consequences for the authors' well-being as society becomes further estranged from the natural world. Expand