Consilience The Unity of Knowledge

ISBN-10: 067976867X

ISBN-13: 9780679768678

Edition: 1998

Authors: Edward O. Wilson

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"A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them." --The Wall Street Journal One of our greatest living scientists--and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for On Human Nature and The Ants--gives us a work of visionary importance that may be the crowning achievement of his career. In Consilience  (a word that originally meant "jumping together"), Edward O. Wilson renews the Enlightenment's search for a unified theory of knowledge in disciplines that range from physics to biology, the social sciences and the humanities. Using the natural sciences as his model, Wilson forges dramatic links between fields. He explores the chemistry of the mind and the genetic bases of culture. He postulates the biological principles underlying works of art from cave-drawings to Lolita. Presenting the latest findings in prose of wonderful clarity and oratorical eloquence, and synthesizing it into a dazzling whole, Consilience is science in the path-clearing traditions of Newton, Einstein, and Richard Feynman.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/30/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929. He is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor & Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy, Conservation International & the American Museum of Natural History. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

The Ionian Enchantment
The Great Branches of Learning
The Enlightenment
The Natural Sciences
Ariadne's Thread
The Mind
From Genes to Culture
The Fitness of Human Nature
The Social Sciences
The Arts and Their Interpretation
Ethics and Religion
To What End?
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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