Author: Thomas Seeley
Ein Sommer ohne Bienen wäre ein Sommer ohne den ästhetischen Genuss von Blüten und Blumen, aber auch ein Sommer mit massiven Ernteausfällen. Ein Verschwinden der Bienen wäre eine ökologische Katastrophe. "Bienen – Die Seele des Sommers" entführt den Leser in die Wunderwelt der Honigbiene und fasst den Stand der Bienenforschung für den naturwissenschaftlichen Laien in unterhaltsamer Weise zusammen. „Die Bienen schenken dem Menschen Honig und duftendes Wachs. Sie lenken seinen Sinn auf den heiteren Junitag , sie öffnen ihm das Herz für den Zauber der schönen Jahreszeit, und alles , woran sie Anteil haben, verknüpft sich in der Vorstellung mit blauem Himmel, Blumensegen und Sommerlust. Sie sind die eigentliche Seele des Sommers.“ (Maurice Maeterlinck ,1901)
Biology For Dummies
Author: Rene Fester Kratz, Donna Rae Siegfried
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
An updated edition of the ultimate guide to understanding biology Ever wondered how the food you eat becomes the energy your body needs to keep going? The theory of evolution says that humans and chimps descended from a common ancestor, but does it tell us how and why? We humans are insatiably curious creatures who can't help wondering how things work — starting with our own bodies. Wouldn't it be great to have a single source of quick answers to all our questions about how living things work? Now there is. From molecules to animals, cells to ecosystems, Biology For Dummies, 2nd Edition answers all your questions about how living things work. Written in plain English and packed with dozens of illustrations, quick-reference Cheat Sheets, and helpful tables and diagrams, it cuts right to the chase with fast-paced, easy-to-absorb explanations of the life processes common to all organisms. More than 20% new and updated content, including a substantial overhaul to the organization of topics to make it a friendly classroom supplement Coverage of the most recent developments and discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology Includes practical, up-to-date examples Whether you're currently enrolled in a biology class or just want to know more about this fascinating and ever-evolving field of study, this engaging guide will give you a grip on complex biology concepts and unlock the mysteries of how life works in no time.
Können Ohrenquallen uns den Aufbau des Universums erklären? Was wissen Trottellummen über Kierkegaards Sprung in den Glauben? Bringt uns das Känguru Jean-Jacques Rousseau näher? Und besteht die Tapferkeit der Löwenmännchen womöglich darin, dass sie so viel schlafen? In einunddreißig so lehrreichen wie komischen philosophischen Betrachtungen geht Florian Werner der Frage nach, was wir von Tieren lernen können. Die erstaunliche Erkenntnis: Schaf, Kamel und Axolotl wissen weitaus mehr über Fragen der Moral, der Gesellschaft, der Politik und des guten Lebens, als wir uns träumen lassen. Wenn wir die Menschen verstehen wollen, müssen wir die Tiere fragen.
Author: Jens Kersten
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
Der `Schwarm` hat sich zu einer der machtvollsten und zugleich umstrittensten politischen Symbole unserer vernetzten Gesellschaft entwickelt. Auf der Grundlage des Web 2.0 und der sozialen Medien finden sich Burger zusammen, um emergente Kollektivitat in Form menschlicher Schwarmbildung zu entfalten. Der liberale Verfassungsstaat muss einerseits die neuen demokratischen Legitimationspotenziale dieser menschlichen Schwarme fordern und aufgreifen, um nicht den Anschluss an die digitalen Formen gesellschaftlicher Kommunikation zu verlieren. Andererseits ist er aber auch verpflichtet, demokratische Institutionen wie beispielsweise das Parlament und das freie Mandat gegen Schwarmangriffe zu schutzen. Indem der liberale Verfassungsstaat in seinen reprasentativen, plebiszitaren, partizipativen und assoziativen Legitimationsstrangen Schwarmkontakte akzeptiert und herstellt, wandelt er sich - jedenfalls ein Stuck weit - zu einer Schwarmdemokratie.
Author: Thomas D. Seeley
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Honeybees make decisions collectively--and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees. In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together--as a swirling cloud of bees--to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution. An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them.
Following the Wild Bees
Author: Thomas D. Seeley
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Following the Wild Bees is a delightful foray into the pastime of bee hunting, an exhilarating outdoor activity that used to be practiced widely but which few people know about today. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, vividly describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it. Following the Wild Bees is both a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world and a guide to the ingenious methods that compose the craft of the bee hunter. Seeley explains how one finds a patch of flowers humming with honey bees, captures and sumptuously feeds the bees, and then releases and follows them, step-by-step in whatever direction they fly, back to their secret residence in a hollow tree, old building, or abandoned hive. The bee hunter's reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving new insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild. Drawing on decades of experience as a bee hunter and bee biologist, Seeley weaves informative discussions of the biology of wild honey bees with colorful historical anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos. Whether you're a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, Following the Wild Bees is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists.
Looks at the theory that large groups have more collective intelligence than a smaller number of experts, drawing on a wide range of disciplines to offer insight into such topics as politics, business, and the environment.
Author: Thomas D. Seeley
Publisher: Princeton University Press
The book presents honeybees as a model system for investigating advanced social life among insects from an evolutionary perspective. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Man Meets Dog
Author: Konrad Lorenz
In this wonderful book, the famous scientist and best-selling author, Konrad Lorenz, 'the man who talked with animals', enlightens and entertains us with his illustrated account of the unique relationship between humans and their pets. Displaying Lorenz's customary humanity and expert knowledge of animals, Man Meets Dog is also a deeply personal and entertaining account of his relationships with his own four-legged friends. With charming sketches on almost every page, Man Meets Dog offers a delightful insight into animal and human thinking and feeling. An essential companion for all lovers of dogs (and cats!).
Author: Douglas Coupland
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Generation A is set in the near future in a world where bees are extinct, until five unconnected people all around the world— in the United States, Canada, France, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka—are all stung. Their shared experience unites them in ways they never could have imagined. Generation A mirrors Coupland’s debut novel, 1991’s Generation X. It explores new ways of storytelling in a digital world. Like much of Coupland’s writing, it occupies the perplexing hinterland between optimism about the future and everyday apocalyptic paranoia. Imaginative, inventive, and fantastically entertaining, Generation A is his most ambitious work to date.
The Wisdom of the Hive
Author: Thomas D Seeley
Publisher: Harvard University Press
This book describes and illustrates the results of more than fifteen years of elegant experimental studies conducted by the author to investigate how a colony of bees is organized to gather its resources. The results of his research--including studies of the shaking signal, tremble dance, and waggle dance--offer the clearest, most detailed picture available of how a highly integrated animal society works.
This book will help beekeepers understand the fundamentals of beekeeping science. Written in plain and accessible language by actual researchers, it should be part of every beekeeper’s library. The respective chapters not only present raw data; they also explain how to read and understand the most common figures. With topics ranging from honeybee nutrition to strains of Varroa resistant bees, from the effects of pesticide chemicals to understanding diseases, and including a discussion of venom allergies, the book provides essential “knowhow” that beekeepers will benefit from every time they inspect their hives. Further, each chapter ends with the author explaining how beekeepers can (or cannot) directly utilize the information to enhance their beekeeping operation. The text is structured to facilitate ease of use, with each author addressing the same four issues: 1) What are the specific purposes or goals of these experiments? Or more simply: what have these studies taught us? 2) How should a non-scientist read the data generated? 3) What are the key points in relation to practicing beekeepers’ goals? 4) How can the data or techniques discussed be applied by beekeepers in their own apiaries? This approach allows readers to look up specific information quickly, understand it and even put it to use without having to read entire chapters. Further, the chapters are highly readable and concise. As such, the book offers a valuable guide and faithful companion for all beekeepers, one they can use day in and day out.
Matrix Reimprinting is a completely new personal development technique which dramatically improves health and wellbeing. It was developed from the popular self-help technique EFT, a meridian tapping therapy which has shown outstanding results with both physical and emotional issues. In this book you will learn: • the science behind this technique and why it works, including the latest information on the Matrix, the New Biology, the body-mind connection, and the physiology of stress and trauma • new protocols for working with trauma, relationships, addictions, phobias, allergies, birth, and the early years • new ways of accessing blocked memories • considerations for working with long-term illness or serious disease ... and much more. Whether you are new to EFT or a seasoned practitioner, this book contains a wealth of resources that will enable you to rewrite your past and transform your future – and that of your family, friends, or clients.
Author: Maurice Maeterlinck