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Notebooks from New Guinea: Field Notes of a Tropical Biologist

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Hailed by Edward O. Wilson as "one of the most amazing books I have ever read," this exhilarating volume offers a rare combination of first-rank science and top-notch storytelling. Vojtech Novotny, a world-class researcher and a brilliant writer, works on location in one of the toughest regions of the world--a high-risk locale rife with tropical diseases and venomous ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 14th 2009)
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Sandy D.
Wonderful collection of short essays on New Guinea tribal culture, Czech scientists, environmentalism, economic growth, linguistics, jungle, and malaria. I think Novotny's voice is part of what makes this book so enjoyable (I don't know that I've ever read anything translated from Czech before, or if what his native language contributes to Novotny's style), but his thoughts on the very wide range of topics are also insightful and entertaining. Very dry sense of humor, this guy.

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Amit
Sep 11, 2012 Amit rated it it was ok
Novotny, the biologist, clearly has an interest in all things geographical, biological, cultural, historical, archaeological, folklore, and all things Guinean and Czech. That's alright. In fact good, really. These days information on so many things are out there in magazines, books, TV, that everybody has multiple interests. Everyone's a dilettante. The trouble with this book is that Novotny makes the book appear exactly in this dabbling vein - quite literally - the chapters are not more than a ...more
Ben
Nov 06, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it
this is a fascinating portrait of two cultures: Czech academia and New Guinean jungle tribes. very funny and grumpily written, a strongly contrarian author. by far the best section is 'how to do science in papua new guinea' - describing how a research paper on caterpillars started a tribe war, for example - always more anthropological than scientific... this, Moby Dick and Jurassic Park were the books I read while working at the Natural History Museum for 10 days, a pretty appropriate trio as ...more
Abby
Jul 25, 2012 Abby added it
This is SO GREAT.

Here is a guy who really knows what's up, and he's so ADD he can't even write about any one thing for more than a page and a half! I would recommend this to just about everyone. Super smart fellow who had me laughing uproariously to myself in public places. Seriously, read it, or at least a page and a half.
Felly
Sep 19, 2011 Felly marked it as my-wishlist
Salah satu guru gua dan ahli serangga terkenal .. orangnya sederhana dan rendah hati banget
Gampang diinget karena janggutnya panjang jadi mirip kyk dumbledore .. selalu pake kaos kotak2 dan celana pendek :D
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