978-1-59726-088-6 / 9781597260886



Publisher:Island Press



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In Naturalist, Wilson describes for the first time both

his growth as a scientist and the evolution of the science

he has helped define. He traces the trajectory of

his lifefrom a childhood spent exploring the Gulf

Coast of Alabama and Florida to life as a tenured

professor at Harvarddetailing how his youthful

fascination with nature blossomed into a lifelong

calling. He recounts with drama and wit the adventures

of his days as a student at the University of

Alabama and his four decades at Harvard University,

where he has achieved renown as both teacher and researcher.

As the narrative of Wilsons life unfolds, the reader is treated to an

inside look at the origin and development of ideas that guide todays

biological research. Theories that are now widely accepted in the scientific

world were once untested hypotheses emerging from one mans

broad-gauged studies. Throughout Naturalist, we see Wilsons mind

and energies constantly striving to help establish many of the central

principles of the field of evolutionary biology.

The story of Wilsons life provides fascinating insights into the making

of a scientist, and a valuable look at some of the most thought-provoking

ideas of our time.

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