By: May R Berenbaum
298 pages, B/w illus
Berenbaum expertly blows away the stereotypical views on entomologists by taking a selection from her humour column in the American Entomologist professional journal and adding a number of original pieces. The book comes in four parts: How entomologists see insects, including their view of a U.S. government plan to eradicate illicit coca fields by dropping caterpillars from an aeroplane; How the rest of the world sees insects, with Berenbaum's proposed classificatory scheme for placing Spider Man, Firefly, and other cartoon superheroes into well-defined taxa; How entomologists view themselves - featuring Bambi Berenbaum, a gorgeous entomologist created for an episode of TV's popular `The X-Files', whose character was inspired when the scriptwriter consulted Berenbaum's books; and How entomologists see their collegues, with various views on scholarly citation, motion sickness, and more. Although humorous, Berenbaum has the last laugh giving powerful lessons in the spectacular diversity of the insect world and the nature of scientific discovery, cleverly packaged as witty observations on subjects far and wide.
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