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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. ...more
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Over 30 years after publication this is still a great collection of essays. I was pleasantly surprised and had my own horizons expanded by the breadth of views on biodiversity they cover - for example, the genetic diversity behind modern monoculture crops like corn, genetic diversity at risk of being lost.

I particularly enjoyed the short reflection by William R. Jordan III on the long experience of ecological restoration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum (going back to the Great D
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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
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Edward Osborne Wilson, sometimes credited as E. O. 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 ma ...more

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