Edward O. Wilson
Edward O. Wilson (1929-2021) was an entomologist who made seminal contributions to the study of evolution and ecology and is credited with creating the field of sociobiology. He was also one of the earliest voices to speak out about biodiversity loss.
Wilson was a gifted writer, the author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books: On Human Nature and The Ants. He called his memoir, which captures his fascination with ants, Naturalist. His other books included Sociobiology, The Diversity of Life, The Future of Life, Consilience and In Search of Nature. An authorized biography of E.O. Wilson, by science writer Richard Rhodes, came out just before Wilson died at the age of 92 in 2021.
Books by Edward O. Wilson
Interviews where books by Edward O. Wilson were recommended
It’s hard to understand many things about the world around us without a knowledge of the unconscious workings of the brain, argues the New York Times columnist David Brooks. He chooses five accessible books that’ll get you into neuroscience as well.
Is there room for both humans and wild nature to flourish on an increasingly crowded planet? The author Isabella Tree argues that ‘wilding’ can be benefit both, and chooses five books to support her case.
The bestselling author of Cod and Salt tells us about five science books he loves—from whales and snails to evolution and string theory—all of which make difficult subjects accessible
Evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro tells us why it’s impossible to clone a mammoth, and why we might want to. She guides us through five inspiring books to get us thinking about extinction and the role genetics could potentially play in maintaining biodiversity.
Insects outnumber us, outweigh us, and without them ecosystems would collapse. In short, we live on their planet. The entomologist explains why we should value bugs more – even, or especially, the carrion beetles and dung feeders