Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Natalie Angier has a really nice piece in the Science Times about Thomas Eisner, who died last month:
Ian Baldwin, a professor of molecular ecology at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany, who studied with Dr. Eisner in the 1980s, said of his mentor: “He articulated the value of natural history discovery in a time of natural history myopia. We train biologists today who can’t identify more than four species, who only know how to do digital biology, but the world of analog biology is the world we live in. Tom was a visionary for nonmodel systems. He created narratives around everything he did.”
The book of Eisner's that I think should be in every person's library is the dazzling volume For Love of Insects....

Also: Alexis Madrigal's new book sounds great.

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