In a Patch of Fireweed: A Biologist's Life in the Field

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September 1991



Part autobiography, part case study in the ways of field biology, 'In a Patch of Fireweed' is an endlessly fascinating account of a scientist's life and work. For the author, it is an opportunity to report not just his results but the curiosity, humor, error, passion, and competitiveness that feed the process of discovery.


Flight into the Forest Maine Tanganyika Bird Hunt The Thesis Hunt In a Patch of Fireweed Capitalist Bees Honeybee Swarms Africa Dung Beetles Whirligigs Caterpillar Diners Pit Trappers Bald-Faced Hunters Counting Yellowjackets Hunting Winter Moths Life on My Hill


Bernd Heinrich is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Vermont. He has written several memoirs of his life in science and nature, including One Man's Owl, and Ravens in Winter. Bumblebee Economics was twice a nominee for the American Book Award in Science, and A Year in the Maine Woods won the 1995 Rutstrum Authors' Award for Literary Excellence.


In this autobiographical reflection...[Heinrich] is intent on explaining why he became an insect physiologist and ecologist. In the process, he gives us a winning portrait of a fine scientific mind at work...There is a fine balance here between intellection and practical experience, speculation and discovery. This is a book that sends you right outdoors. -- Barry Lopez New York Times Book Review Heinrich's stated purpose is to 'tell about the natural links forged between one's life and a life in science.' He succeeds magnificently. His prose reflects Thoreau's empathy with nature and the contemporary naturalist's technical knowledge...This meticulously observed book will please scientists, but it will also delight non-scientist readers who wonder what, in this increasingly polymerized world, is truly human and truly natural. -- John Wilkes San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle In this charming volume, Heinrich combines biographical details with his economic-ecological approach to flora and fauna--embellishing the whole with precisionist pencil drawings...To be read and savored for the writing, the drawings, and the science. Kirkus Reviews [Heinrich's] memoir explains, with great charm, how he came to devote his life to such projects as measuring the temperature of wasps and swindling gullible beetles with phony dungballs...[He is] delightful company. The Atlantic
EAN: 9780674445512
ISBN: 0674445511
Untertitel: 'Biologist's Life in the Field'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1991
Seitenanzahl: 208 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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