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King Solomon's Ring (Routledge Classics) (original 1949; edition 2002)

by Konrad Lorenz (Author), Julian Huxley (Foreword)

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Title:King Solomon's Ring (Routledge Classics)
Authors:Konrad Lorenz (Author)
Other authors:Julian Huxley (Foreword)
Info:Routledge (2002), Edition: 2, 224 pages
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King Solomon's Ring by Konrad Lorenz (Author) (1949)

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King Solomon's Ring is considered a classic on the subject of animal behavior. Konrad Lorenz was an ethologist (someone who studies animal behavior) who raised many animals at his home to study. Although he raised the animals and kept them at his home, he gave them free range of his home and the world around him in order to get a more realistic view of their behavior in their natural environment. In this book, Lorenz tells the reader about his observations of a number of animal species. The writing of the books is observational rather than scientific and very accessible to someone without a science background. One thing I found especially interesting is how World War II seemed to have affected Lorenz. He was German and much of his research was done in the 1930s and beyond. Although the book is about his observations of the animals, there are times when he allows how the war affected him to seep into the writing. For example after observing two doves tear each other apart in when he put them together in a cage for breeding purposes he writes, "Only in two other instances have I seen similar horrible lacerations inflicted on their own kind by vertebrates: once, as an observer of the embittered fights of cichlid fishes who sometimes actually skin each other, and again as a field surgeon, in the late war, where the highest of all vertebrates perpetrated mass mutilations on members of his own species." I would recommend this book to anyone interested in animal behavior or animals in general. There is a fun section on dogs and how their behavior is influenced by their wolf or jackal ancestors. ( )
1 vote Cora-R | Jan 17, 2016 |
King Solomon's Ring is considered a classic on the subject of animal behavior. Konrad Lorenz was an ethologist (someone who studies animal behavior) who raised many animals at his home to study. Although he raised the animals and kept them at his home, he gave them free range of his home and the world around him in order to get a more realistic view of their behavior in their natural environment. In this book, Lorenz tells the reader about his observations of a number of animal species. The writing of the books is observational rather than scientific and very accessible to someone without a science background. One thing I found especially interesting is how World War II seemed to have affected Lorenz. He was German and much of his research was done in the 1930s and beyond. Although the book is about his observations of the animals, there are times when he allows how the war affected him to seep into the writing. For example after observing two doves tear each other apart in when he put them together in a cage for breeding purposes he writes, "Only in two other instances have I seen similar horrible lacerations inflicted on their own kind by vertebrates: once, as an observer of the embittered fights of cichlid fishes who sometimes actually skin each other, and again as a field surgeon, in the late war, where the highest of all vertebrates perpetrated mass mutilations on members of his own species." I would recommend this book to anyone interested in animal behavior or animals in general. There is a fun section on dogs and how their behavior is influenced by their wolf or jackal ancestors. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 13, 2016 |
King Solomon’s Ring by Konrad Lorenz, an Austrian ethologist, is not your typical science book in that it is written with a less-scientific audience in mind. Complete with minimal illustrations from Lorenz, the book does not read like a scientific experiment that can be precisely duplicated, but more like a series of observations and anecdotes from a man who invited the wild into his home. Unlike King Solomon, Lorenz claims not to need a magic ring to learn the language of animals and to communicate with them. While there are discussions of domesticated and wild dogs, among other animals, Lorenz mainly focuses on the behaviors of the water shrew, his aquarium fish, and the Jackdaw.

While considered a premier examination of animal behavior and discussing in detail the phenomenon of imprinting, on some occasions he appears to anthropomorphize these animals, making them seem more human than they are, particularly when discussing their mating rituals. Lorenz also is very descriptive of the animals and their interactions with one another and with the humans who lived in the home and surrounding neighborhood. These descriptions, while interesting to a scientist, may border on tedium for others.

Read the full review:http://savvyverseandwit.com/2012/11/king-solomons-ring-by-konrad-z-lorenz.html ( )
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  mdstarr | Sep 11, 2011 |
Jackdaws rule.
1 vote | Oodwerc | Mar 15, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lorenz, KonradAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lorenz, KonradIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Celli, GiorgioIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huxley, JulianForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwarz, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tinbergen, N.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warren, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nein, ich vermenschliche nichts mit dieser Ausdrucksweise, hat man nur begriffen, dass das zumenschliche fast immer das Vor-menschliche ist, und daher das, was wir mit den Höheren Tieren gemeinsam haben. Man mag mir glauben: Ich projiziere menschliche Eigenschaften ganz sicher nicht in das Tier. Eher tue ich das Gegenteil: ich zeige wieviel tierisches Erbe auch heute noch im Menschen steckt.
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Solomon, the legend goes, had a magic ring which enabled him to speak to the animals in their own language. Konrad Lorenz was gifted with a similar power of understanding the animal world. He was that rare beast, a brilliant scientist who could write (and indeed draw) beautifully. He did more than any other person to establish and popularize the study of how animals behave, receiving a Nobel Prize for his work. King Solomon's Ring, the book which brought him worldwide recognition, is a delightful treasury of observations and insights into the lives of all sorts of creatures, from jackdaws and water-shrews to dogs, cats and even wolves. Charmingly illustrated by Lorenz himself, this book is a wonderfully written introduction to the world of our furred and feathered friends, a world which often provides an uncanny resemblance to our own. A must for any animal-lover!

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A delightful treasury of observations and insights into the lives of all sorts of creatures, from jackdaws and water-shrews to dogs, cats and even wolves. It is a wonderfully written introduction to the world of our furred and feathered friends!

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