260 pages, no illustrations
Re-issue of Wilson's seminal Pulitzer Prize-winning book, first published in 1978, in which he argues that there is a universal human nature, which has been influenced by, and in turn influenced, our evolutionary past. In a new preface, Wilson reflects on how he came to write the book.
"Compellingly interesting and enormously important [...] The most stimulating, the most provocative, and the most illuminating work of nonfiction I have read in some time."
– William McPherson, The Washington Post Book World
"A work of high intellectual daring [...] Here is an accomplished biologist explaining, in notably clear and unprevaricating language, what he thinks his subject now has to offer to the understanding of man and society [...] The implications of Wilson's thesis are rather considerable, for if true, no system of political, social, religious or ethical thought can afford to ignore it."
– Nicholas Wade, The New Republic
"Wilson is a sophisticated and marvelously humane writer. His vision is a liberating one, and a reader of this splendid book comes away with a sense of the kinship that exists among the people, animals, and insects that share the planet."
– The New Yorker
"Twenty-five years after its first publication, Harvard University Press has re-released Edward O. Wilson's classic work, On Human Nature. A double Pulitzer Prize winner, Wilson is a writer of effortless grace and stylish succinctness and this is one of his finest, most important books [...] [A] highly influential, elegantly written book."
– Robin McKie, The Observer
"A seminal, groundbreaking, informative, thought-provoking, enduringly valuable, and highly recommended read."
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Edward O. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. In addition to two Pulitzer Prizes (one of which he shares with Bert Hölldobler), Wilson has won many scientific awards, including the National Medal of Science and the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.