The Diversity of Life, Paperback
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"Not since Darwin has an author so lifted the science of ecology with insight and delightful imagery" - Richard Dawkins.

In this book a master scientist tells the great story of how life on earth evolved.

E.O. Wilson eloquently describes how the species of the world became diverse, and why the threat to this diversity today is beyond the scope of anything we have known before.

In an extensive new foreword for this edition, Professor Wilson addresses the explosion of the field of conservation biology and takes a clear-eyed look at the work still to be done.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, illustrations, maps, charts, graphs
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Evolution
  • ISBN: 9780140291612



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A wonderful and deeply disturbing book. It commences with a detailed explanation of how life came to be so stunningly diverse and ends by confronting us with the brutal reality of the destruction of the biosphere by our own hand. I was deeply affected by the exposition of this distruction and have been conscripted into action by Wilson's plea to save what little remains. Fifteen years have passed since it was written and I shudder to consider the scale of damage that we have caused in that time.

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