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This important book for scientists and nonscientists alike calls attention to a most urgent global problem: the rapidly accelerating loss of plant and animal species to increasing human population pressure and the demands of economic development. Based on a major conference sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution, Biodiversity creates ...more
Paperback, 538 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by National Academies Press
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This book contains a series of scientific articles regarding biodiversity. Some are quite specific (taxonomy, ecology, biotechnology, etc.), while others are more readily accessible for common readers. One of the essays mentions that the word "enthusiasm" comes from the Greek word "enthousiamos," meaning "to inspire" - and I found the enthusiasm shown by the scientists collaborating in this book project to be truly inspiring.
Edward Osborne Wilson is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, a branch of entomology. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, Wilson is known for his career as a scientist, his advocacy for environmentalism, and his secular-humanist ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters. He is Pellegrino University ...more