Press Release: The Diversity of Life
Edward O. Wilson
foreword by Bill McKibben
With a preface by the author
‘Not since Darwin has an author so lifted the science of ecology with insight and delightful imagery’
Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist Edward O. Wilson’s classic account of evolution and biodiversity represented an early alarm call to environmentalists, governments and indeed, all humanity and The Diversity of Life remains as relevant as when first published in 1992. The book gives an illuminating survey of the five great cataclysmic events of ancient history, from meteorite strikes to climate change, events which diverted evolution from its natural course. Wilson then convincingly asserts that the Earth is currently in the middle of a sixth (and likeliest the deadliest) wave of extinction, due entirely to the actions of humanity.
Wilson, one of the world’s greatest naturalists, conducts us on a tour through time, from life’s earliest beginnings to the current crisis of human driven extinction. He leads us through the natural world, explaining how species evolve, adapt and colonise to create the astonishing variety of plants and creatures we see around us. He writes with passion about the beauty and science of nature, and shows us why the threat to biodiversity today is beyond the scope of anything we have known before. Identifying the crisis in countless ecosystems around the globe: coral reefs, grasslands, polar icecaps and other habitats, he then presents a brilliant strategy for halting the extinction of the world’s species.
This Folio Society edition features a new foreword by leading author and environmentalist Bill McKibben which praises Wilson’s scientific achievements and prophetic gift. Featuring black and white integrated maps, charts and graphs throughout plus a superb specially researched selection of colour photographs of wildlife and plants, from giraffes and puffins to starfish and orchids, this stunning volume is presented in a beautiful binding by award-winning designer Jamie Keenan.
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Jenson. Vol 1: 552 pages, Vol 2: 560 pages. 8 colour illustrations (including 1 double-page spread) per volume. Black and white tailpieces throughout. Printed endpapers. Ribbon markers. Textured vinyl-coated paper slipcase. 10˝ x 6¾˝
UK £49.95 US $79.95 Can $95.00 Aus $99.95
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