The Diversity Of Life (questions Of Science)

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ISBN : 0393319407

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"A superb blend of lyrical description, sweeping historical writing, lucid scientific explanation, and dire warnings. . . . The most important scientific book of the year." ― Boston Globe

In this book a master scientist tells the story of how life on earth evolved. Edward O. Wilson eloquently describes how the species of the world became diverse and why that diversity is threatened today as never before. A great spasm of extinction ― the disappearance of whole species ― is occurring now, caused this time entirely by humans. Unlike the deterioration of the physical environment, which can be halted, the loss of biodiversity is a far more complex problem ― and it is irreversible. Defining a new environmental ethic, Wilson explains why we must rescue whole ecosystems, not only individual species. He calls for an end to conservation versus development arguments, and he outlines the massive shift in priorities needed to address this challenge. No writer, no scientist, is more qualified than Edward O. Wilson to describe, as he does here, the grandeur of evolution and what is at stake. "Engaging and nontechnical prose. . . . Prodigious erudition. . . . Original and fascinating insights." ― John Terborgh, New York Review of Books, front page review "Eloquent. . . . A profound and enduring contribution." ― Alan Burdick, Audubon Color plates
Author : Edward O. Wilson
ISBN : 0393319407
Language : English
No of Pages : 432
Edition : 2nd
Publication Date : 5/17/1999
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 9.2x6.1x1.3
Book weight : 0.01

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