By Edward O. Wilson, José M. Gómez Durán
"One of the earliest New global naturalists, José Celestino Mutis begun his expert existence as a doctor in Spain and ended it as a scientist and traditional thinker in modern day Colombia. Drawing on new translations of Mutis's approximately forgotten writings, this interesting tale of medical experience in eighteenth-century South the United States retrieves Mutis's contributions from obscurity.
In 1760, the 28-year-old Mutisnewly appointed because the own health care provider of the Viceroy of the hot nation of Granadaembarked on a 48-year exploration of the wildlife of northern South the USA. His thirst for wisdom led Mutis to check the region's vegetation, develop into a professor of arithmetic, build the 1st astronomical observatory within the Western Hemisphere, and amass one of many greatest clinical libraries on the planet. He translated Newton's writings and penned essays approximately Copernicus; lectured generally on astronomy, geography, and meteorology; and at last grew to become a clergyman. yet, as two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner Edward O. Wilson and Spanish usual background student José M. Gómez Durán display during this relaxing and illustrative account, one among Mutis's most opulent accomplishments concerned ants.
Acting on the urging of Carl Linnaeusthe father of taxonomyshortly after he arrived within the New nation of Granada, Mutis begun learning the ants that swarmed far and wide. notwithstanding he lacked any entomological education, Mutis equipped his personal class for the species he came upon and named at a time while New international entomology was once principally nonexistent. His unorthodox catalog of military ants, leafcutters, and different six-legged creatures chanced on alongside the banks of the Magdalena supplied a place to begin for destiny study.
Wilson and Durán weave a compelling, fast paced tale of ants at the march and the eighteenth-century scientist who them. a different look into the early international of technological know-how exploration, *Kingdom of Ants* is a satisfaction to learn and jam-packed with interesting info.
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