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The Meaning of Human Existence Hardcover – Oct. 7 2014

4.4 out of 5 stars 536 ratings
Book 2 of 3 in the Anthropocene Epoch Series

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A valedictory work… What a lively writer Mr. Wilson can be. This two time winner of the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction stands above the crowd of biology writers the way John le Carré stands above spy writers. He’s wise, learned, wicked, vivid, oracular.—Dwight Garner, New York Times Book Review

In his typically elegant style, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Wilson (Letters to a Young Scientist) cannily and candidly probes the nature of human existence. —Publishers Weekly

E. O. Wilson is Darwin’s great successor, a scientist of such astounding breadth, depth, experience, and brilliance that he offers us nothing less than a new understanding of humanity… You will see the beauty, mystery, and possibilities of human existence through the eyes of one of humanity’s greatest and most intrepid explorers.—Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

[A] tough-minded little primer-cum-manifesto… Compact and readable.—Dan Cryer, Boston Globe

There can be few better guides through our species’ past journey and potential for the future… A provocative and beautifully written collection of essays.—Tim Lenton, Nature

No biologist has been more persistent or eloquent in correcting our misapprehensions about human origins than Edward O. Wilson… We should be grateful that Wilson, so late in his illustrious career, still appeals to reason and imagination in hopes of enlightening us about our nature and inspiring us to change our destructive ways.—Scott Russell Sanders, Washington Post

Wilson asks: Does humanity have a special place in the universe? Where are we going, and why? He answers by telling science’s latest creation stories, and presenting a vision of the future both inspiring and plausible, not an easy feat to pull off… Wilson is both a wild-eyed optimist and a hard-nosed realist. What more can we ask of a prophet?—John Horgan, Scientific American

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Edward O. Wilson is the author of more than thirty books, including Anthill, Letters to a Young Scientist, and The Conquest of Nature. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University and lives with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Liveright (Oct. 7 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0871401002
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0871401007
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 352 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.73 x 2.79 x 21.84 cm
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