Picture of author.

Edward O. Wilson (1929–2021)

Author of Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

68+ Works 16,143 Members 276 Reviews 60 Favorited

About the Author

He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929. He is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor & Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy, Conservation International & the American Museum of show more Natural History. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Edward O. Wilson

The Diversity of Life (1992) 1,794 copies
The Future of Life (2002) 1,244 copies
On Human Nature (1978) 1,025 copies
The Social Conquest of Earth (2012) 861 copies
Naturalist (1843) 860 copies
Anthill: A Novel (2010) 647 copies
From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin's Four Great Books (2005) — Editor; Introduction — 463 copies
Letters to a Young Scientist (2013) 457 copies
Biophilia (1984) 374 copies
The Ants (1990) 351 copies
The Origins of Creativity (2017) 275 copies
In Search of Nature (1996) 252 copies
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2001 (2001) — Editor — 171 copies
The Insect Societies (1971) 140 copies
Biodiversity (1988) — Editor — 132 copies
Tales from the Ant World (2020) 129 copies
The Biophilia Hypothesis (1993) 103 copies
Life on Earth (1978) 22 copies
Origins of the Human Mind (1996) 9 copies
Trailhead 1 copy
Pol Ziemi (2017) 1 copy
Microcosm 1 copy
The Universe 1 copy

Associated Works

Silent Spring (1962) — Afterword, some editions — 6,570 copies
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Contributor — 803 copies
Darwin (Norton Critical Edition) (1970) — Contributor, some editions — 658 copies
The Best American Essays 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 471 copies
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contributor — 416 copies
Evolution: The First Four Billion Years (2009) — Foreword, some editions — 220 copies
Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History (1996) — Contributor — 218 copies
For Love of Insects (2003) — Foreword, some editions — 218 copies
Field Notes on Science & Nature (2011) — Foreword — 166 copies
The Forgotten Pollinators (1996) — Foreword, some editions — 149 copies
Imagine There's No Heaven: Voices of Secular Humanism (1997) — Contributor — 90 copies
The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (2005) — Foreword, some editions — 78 copies
A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity (2012) — Foreword — 48 copies
Storm: Stories of Survival from Land and Sea (2000) — Contributor — 44 copies
Naturalist: A Graphic Adaptation (2020) — Contributor — 44 copies
Archipelago : Islands of Indonesia (1999) — Foreword — 33 copies
Philosophy now : an introductory reader (1972) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Earth and I (2016) — Contributor — 24 copies
Ants: Standard Methods for Measuring and Monitoring Biodiversity (2000) — Foreword, some editions — 17 copies
Fishes of Alabama (2004) — Foreword, some editions — 14 copies
Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation (2012) — Foreword, some editions — 14 copies
Earth '88: Changing Geographic Perspectives (1988) — Contributor — 13 copies
Defining Sustainable Forestry (1993) — Foreword — 13 copies
Penguin Green Ideas Collection (2021) — Contributor — 12 copies
NOVA: Lord of the Ants [2008 TV episode] (2008) — Self — 1 copy

Tagged

animals (84) anthology (125) anthropology (147) ants (170) autobiography (85) biodiversity (190) biography (145) biology (1,437) conservation (223) Darwin (66) ecology (760) entomology (154) environment (821) environmental (79) environmentalism (262) essays (216) evolution (809) fiction (131) history (144) history of science (66) insects (168) memoir (76) natural history (459) natural science (66) nature (782) non-fiction (1,591) pesticides (149) philosophy (557) philosophy of science (82) pollution (114) popular science (71) psychology (100) read (120) religion (89) science (2,620) sociobiology (221) sociology (131) to-read (1,275) unread (131) zoology (77)

Common Knowledge

Members

Discussions

GROUP READ: The Social Conquest of Earth (main thread) in 75 Books Challenge for 2012 (January 2013)

Reviews

Having worked for a few decades in the fields that the author muses about, I'm unconvinced that he brings anything new or useful.
 
Flagged
sfj2 | 28 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
Wilson, a passionate man, piles on the data to try to get people to save what diversity we have left.
If he can't convert them, no one will
 
Flagged
cspiwak | 2 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
I have long admired Dr. Wilson and this book just increases my respect and , dare I say it, affection for him. An autobiography that teaches not only about his life but life on earth and life lived well
 
Flagged
cspiwak | 10 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
A difficult read. Wilson goes through an outline of evolution, including cladistics and then ecology in order to make sure readers understand what there is to lose and how we are losing it. He tries to persuade people for practical aesthetic a d moral reasons to preserve biodiversity and gives some great examples of value (cancer fighting plants) and loss mistletoe, to illustrate points
 
Flagged
cspiwak | 20 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |

Lists

Awards

You May Also Like

Associated Authors

Statistics

Works
68
Also by
30
Members
16,143
Popularity
#1,406
Rating
3.9
Reviews
276
ISBNs
375
Languages
21
Favorited
60

Charts & Graphs