Thomas D. Seeley
- Title: The Wisdom of the Hive: The Social Physiology of Honey Bee Colonies
- Author: Thomas D. Seeley
- ISBN: 9780674953765
- Page: 433
- Format: Hardcover
This book is about the inner workings of one of nature s most complex animal societies the honey bee colony It describes and illustrates the results of than fifteen years of elegant experimental studies conducted by the author In his investigations, Thomas Seeley has sought the answer to the question of how a colony of bees is organized to gather its resources TheThis book is about the inner workings of one of nature s most complex animal societies the honey bee colony It describes and illustrates the results of than fifteen years of elegant experimental studies conducted by the author In his investigations, Thomas Seeley has sought the answer to the question of how a colony of bees is organized to gather its resources The results of his research including studies of the shaking signal, tremble dance, and waggle dance, and other, subtle means by which information is exchanged among bees offer the clearest, most detailed picture available of how a highly integrated animal society works By showing how several thousand bees function together as an integrated whole to collect the nectar, pollen, and water that sustain the life of the hive, Seeley sheds light on one of the central puzzles of biology how units at one level of organization can work together to form a higher level entity.In explaining why a hive is organized the way it is, Seeley draws on the literature of molecular biology, cell biology, animal and human sociology, economics, and operations research He compares the honey bee colony to other functionally organized groups multicellular organisms, colonies of marine invertebrates, and human societies All highly cooperative groups share basic problems of allocating their members among tasks so that urgent needs are met before less urgent ones, and of coordinating individual actions into a coherent whole By comparing such systems in different species, Seeley argues, we can deepen our understanding of the mechanisms that make close cooperation a reality.
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Book ReviewNever have I read a book that communicates the process and logic of scientific discovery so well. Like erotic literature for the scientist, Wisdom of the Hive not only conveys what entomologists know about bee colonies but the graphic details of they found out. Seeley prefaces every discussion of experimental data with the precise thought process that led him or colleagues to perform the experiments as well as a clear overview of all methods used. He follows each discussion with scand [...]
The best hands-on writer about group selection in insects. I liked "Honey Bee Democracy" best of all.
A wonderful book that takes the study of bees and applies those principles to organizations. Bees are seen as a living organism that remains focused on the goal. A goal that eliminates personal gain, maintains health of the hive, and protects the environment. I was fascinated at the complexity of the hive, I had no idea. It takes you through a number of lessons:1. Protect the future2. Keep energy levels up3. Let merit be your guide4. Promote community, sanction self-interest5. Distribute authori [...]
Focuses primarily on the mechanisms by which bees locate sources of food, communicate those locations to other bees, and then collaboratively collect and transport the food back to the hive. Considering that it started as a dissertation, a very well-written, thought-provoking and entertaining work of non-fiction. Gives details regarding social aspects of life in the hive: specialization in 'occupation', mechanism for identification of 'of my hive' v. 'not of my hive' bees, how bees decide when t [...]
If you are truly interested in how bees function as a colony and how they communicate and remain organized despite not having a central organizing intelligence, then this is the book to read. I learned SO much about bees and I've read many Beekeeping books. This is more about how bees are able to gather their food and process it and keep those two things in a working balance. He goes in to what was done in order to determine the answers to these questions. I wish it wasn't considered a textbook [...]
This is a great book and easy to understand. All experiments used are explained in depth and its helped me realize how amazing bees are. Only thing I don't like about it is how it goes off topic at some points talking about natural selection, and how it talks about equations at times (I'm not a huge fan of math). Great book, I would recommend it to anyone!
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