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User Review  - wildbill - LibraryThing

[The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies] This was a fascinating book that is definitely in my top five for 2013. It was written by research scientists about the ... Read full review

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User Review  - AlCracka - LibraryThing

Reading for the "Altruism" theme at the Bookish club. (It makes perfect sense, shut up.) This is a deeply intimidating book - 500 big pages full of big words - but it's been really interesting when I've had the gumption to focus on it. Yeah, I said gumption. Read full review

The superorganism: the beauty, elegance, and strangeness of insect societies

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Ant lifestyles are amazingly diverse and include slave-makers, fungus-growers, and nomadic-predators. Most of our knowledge of their intricate navigation and communication systems was discovered only ... Read full review

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With this book, Wilson finished a "grand tour of books" though the lives of social insects. Starting with
"The Insect Societies" and "Success and Dominance in Ecosystems: The Case of the Social Insects", about social insects in general, then on with "The Ants" and "Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration" for his main field of interest and ending with "The Superorganism. The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies" as a general conclusion of what social insects are and why. For the last three he got the help from Hölldobler, his co-worker in Harvard for so many years. This book is a must for everybody and a worthy ending of this tour of social insects. 

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User Review  - Schlyne - LibraryThing

This book reads more like a college level textbook. Very dense and packed full of information. Read full review

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