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King Solomon's Ring

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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 ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 9th 2002 by Routledge (first published 1949)
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Greg
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
This book is split between general anecdotes about animals the author has kept and studied, and more specific details about observed behaviors of particular species of animals, notably water shrews,



domestic dogs (his dog of choice was the Alsatian, a puppy Alsatian is seen here with a cat that looks like a fatter Mooncheese)



and jackdaws.



The writing style is light and humorous while still being fascinating about the observed ways animals interact in relatively natural environments. There were s
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Joe
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read King Solomon's Ring because it appeared on a list of the greatest science books of all time. And this distinction is well-earned for this is a book that is as engaging as it is informative. Did you know, for example, that when it comes to combat a turkey is like a wolf and a panther is like a peacock? Or that fish can suffer from brain-teasers? Or that jackdaws don't instinctively know to fear their natural predators, but have a societal method for learning what to fear?

Before I
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Roberto
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scienza, germania
"È raro che io rida di un animale, e quando ciò accade mi accorgo poi, ripensandoci meglio, che in realtà ridevo di me, dell'uomo, di cui l'animale mi aveva presentato una caricatura più o meno spietata."

L’anello di Re Salomone è un saggio del 1949 in cui Konrad Lorenz, fondatore dell'etologia che ha dedicato la vita allo studio del comportamento degli animali, descrive una parte dei suoi esperimenti con varie specie quali i pesci, le taccole (un tipo di uccello), le oche, i cani e i gatti.

Il li
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Gini
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tina Ruyter, Gigi Simone, Katherine Bragdon, Nina Malkin, Sharson Sakson
This is one of the most wonderful books I've read in a long time. It was recommended to me years ago by a friend who lived on a farm in Vermont. He said it was the best book on animals ever. IT's so much more than that. Lorenz was an animal behaviorist who, at times, writes like a poet. The translation from German is beautiful. The book is laugh-out-loud funny in places, horrifying in others (such as the descriptions of how water shrews or water beetle larvae eat their prey.)
It was written in 19
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Alessio
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non si può non rimanere affascinati e sorpresi dalle descrizioni e dalle teorie avanzate all'epoca da Lorenz sul comportamento animale che il buon scienziato ha, rispettivamente, registrato sistematicamente e messe alla prova nel corso della sua decennale esperienza diretta "sul campo" e non, soprattutto nei confronti di quelle creature (anitre, oche e alcune specie di corvidi come le taccole, su tutte) le quali sono state oggetto di vivido interesse da parte del suddetto anche in termini di all ...more
Tony
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
67. Lorenz, Konrad. SOLOMON’S RING. (First Ger. Ed. 1949; first Eng. trans. 1952). ****.
I had come across Lorenz in various Psychology courses, but this is the first book of his that I have read. Lorenz (1903-1989) had both a M.D. and a PhD in Zoology. He studied first at Columbia, but finished his studies at various schools in Europe. He joined the Nazi Party in 1938 and was later drafted into the Wehrmacht in 1941. He was captured early on by the Russians, and was a POW from 1942-1948. He is
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Roberto
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nessuno potrà scordare la scoperta dell'imprinting narrata da Lorenz in questo suo narrare. Il mio non è un giudizio sul libro, ma un ringraziamento per l'esperienza condivisa e per il piacere ricevuto nel leggerla.
Stefano Ottolenghi
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libri
Ci sono dei veri scienziati al mondo.
Arun
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, science
This writ by a scientist who not only 'did' Science, but breathed science, ate science, drank science - lived science - is one of the most breathtaking accounts a person can read of man's relation to that of natural world. In our busy lives we often forget how nature looks; in our mindless urbanisation we often forget how extravagant the lives of animals are.
Lorenz is a scientist who remained a scientist throughout his life; even up to his death. The title that Lorenz is the man who can talk wit
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Eleclyah

L'anello di re Salomone è di sicuro il libro più colmo d'amore per gli animali che io abbia mai letto: Konrad Lorenz sarà stato un etologo e non un letterato, ma quanto a sentimento nei confronti delle creature viventi non è di certo secondo a nessuno scrittore.

In più mi ha insegnato a vedere in una luce completamente inaspettata l'espressione "Porgi l'altra guancia":

« Devo tuttavia confessare che, » scrive Lorenz nel capitolo "Armi e morale", « nel mio sentimentalismo, sono profondamente commos
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Serena
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 communi ...more
Linda
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories, favorites
Questo libro ti insegna ad amare la natura, l'amore con il quale Lorenz ha descritto il rapporto che intercorre tra lui e i suoi animali è semplicemente commuovente. Il modo in cui racconta i suoi studi, il più delle volte, sembra sfoci in vero e proprio affetto, anche se nell'introduzione cerca di allontanare da quest'idea di "patetismo" nella quale sguazzano gli "animalari" d'oggi, senza perdere quella componente scientifica che è popria dello studio del comportamento animale.
I suoi studi son
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Deborah Ideiosepius
A lovely book which was on my suggested reading list for a final year, zoology, advanced animal behaviour course.

This is a wonderfully book written by a keen observer of animal behaviour. Konrad Lorenz is a Nobel prize winner for physiology of medicine and one of the founders of ethology – the systematic study of animal behaviour. It is a rare treat that such an important book be so readable and so enticing to all who love animals.
Will
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beyond hysterical. A typical sentence: "A large Nemestrinus monkey bursting with energy, owned by my friend, the late Count Thun-Hohenstein, possessed, even when adult, a deeply rooted respect for an ancient Javanese monkey half of his size who had tyrannized him in the days of his youth."
Todor
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, non-fiction
If only more people would gain an ounce of this kind of knowledge before they interact with animals...or - if wishes were fishes.

It was great to read this one in the original language - I thoroughly enjoyed the author's choice of words and expressions and felt the local Austrian charm.
Lindsey
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very delightful book, and anyone who has an interest in animal behavior/ old school naturalists should read this. Much lighter than Meet Meets Dog, and more informative since he includes chapters on a variety of animals, including water shrews (my favorite chapter).
NeDa
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Гаргите вече са различни ...
Sashko  Liutyj
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, nature
дуже цікаво і гранично просто про тварин.
для загального розвитку - рекомендовано читати кожному.
Albyvintage
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In una civiltà moderna basata sul linguaggio e convenzioni sociali, caratterizzata dalla velocità, dal guardare ma non osservare questo è un buon antidoto

Pag 7-8 Gli animali devono essere liberi
Pag 9 Con le oche selvatiche l'unico metodo è l'ombrello rosso per farle spaventare
Pag 11 Da piccolo Lorenz aveva una scimmia che in sua assenza ha preso una lampada attaccata alla corrente e sbattuta contro l'acquario corto circuito.
Pag 12 Per certe ricerche di psicologia l'animale non deve aver av
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Vitani Days
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggistica
Il libro che mi ha fatto appassionare all'etologia.Un uomo - un ricercatore, un biologo, che dell'etologia è considerato a ragion veduta il padre - scrive dei brevi saggi sul comportamento di alcune specie di animali da lui allevate, saggi che i che scorrono come racconti e come tali insegnano.
Insegnano molto sugli animali, ovviamente, tipo su certi pesci che non ci si sognerebbe mai capaci di tanta irruenza, o sulle pacifiche colombe - non poi così pacifiche se poste in condizioni di stress -,
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Maurizio Codogno
L'ho trovato un po' sopravvalutato, se devo essere sincero. Capisco che Lorenz è stato il pioniere dell'etologia moderna, e vederlo fare da babbo alle papere è indubbiamente interessante e simpatico, ma alla fine ti resta quell'impressione di riciclo delle stesse due nozioni.
Marysya Rudska
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites books. Love it!
Yury Adamov
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best examples of popular science books (along with Surely you are joking Mr. Feynman)
Lauretta
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un "must" per chi ama gli animali! Io l'ho adorato...
Sara
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A proposito bisogna dire che in generale la dimestichezza creata da una lunga convivenza non favorisce quel singolare evento che è il fidanzamento, come si potrebbe essere indotti a pensare, e anzi a volte una temporanea separazione produce lo scopo che non avevano prodotto lunghi anni di intimità. Così per esempio ho osservato che presso le oche selvatiche a volte i fidanzamenti si celebrano quando due partner, che erano amici fin da prima, si ritrovano dopo una lunga separazione."

"Chi infatt
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Yanxiao Zhang
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book. Highly recommended. Animals are adorable..
Joanna
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeśli lubicie wesołe historie o zwierzętach, a przy okazji chcecie się o nich dowiedzieć, czegoś ciekawego to trafiliście na właściwą książkę. Gdyby podręczniki do biologii były pisane w ten sposób, pewnie zamiast archeologii studiowałabym weterynarię :)
G.J. Griffiths
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing

King Solomon's Ring by Konrad Lorenz
A simply wonderful book for anyone who has a love of animals, and is curious and fascinated by their behaviour. Konrad Lorenz is so obviously fond of his subjects but at the same time he treats them with a scientific distance and methodology that is worthy of emulation by other animal behaviourists. He demonstrates in this small book, written mainly for the layperson, an ability to write with wit and charm that captivates the reader from the first page.

It is u
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Jennifer
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jennifer by: my daddy
This book took me a long time to read. It was recommended to me by my dad back in August 2014. I didn't pick it up until November 2015 and I just finished it now. My dad's note was:

"The other day, I happened to do a search on a book that I loved when I was in college back in 1972, and found there is a reprint (on Kindle as well):
http://books.google.com/books/about/K...

The author, Konrad Lorenz, was a Nobel prize winner, who studied animal behavior by raising animals himself. He described many a
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Cora
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 writ ...more
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Konrad Zacharias Lorenz was an Austrian zoologist, ethologist, and ornithologist. He shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch. He is often regarded as one of the founders of modern ethology, developing an approach that began with an earlier generation, including his teacher Oskar Heinroth.
Lorenz studied instinctive behavior in animals, espec
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“Every scientist should, after all, regard it as his duty to tell the public, in a generally intelligible way, about what he is doing” 7 likes
“Devo tuttavia confessare che, nel mio sentimentalismo, sono profondamente commosso e ammirato di fronte a quel lupo che “non può” azzannare la gola dell’avversario, e ancor più di fronte all’altro animale, che conta proprio su questa sua reazione! Un animale che affida la propria vita alla correttezza cavalleresca di un altro animale! C’è proprio qualcosa da imparare anche per noi uomini! Io per lo meno ne ho tratto una nuova e più profonda comprensione di un meraviglioso detto del Vangelo che spesso viene frainteso, e che finora aveva suscitato in me solo una forte resistenza istintiva: «Se qualcuno ti dà uno schiaffo sulla guancia destra...». L’illuminazione mi è venuta da un lupo: non per ricevere un altro schiaffo devi offrire al nemico l’altra guancia, no, devi offrirgliela proprio per impedirgli di dartelo!” 5 likes
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