The Future Of Life

The Future Of Life

A magisterial accomplishment: both a moving description of our biosphere and a guidebook for the protection of all its species, including humankind. From one of the world?s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize?winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save Earth?s biological heritag A magisterial accomplishment: both a moving description of our biosphere and a guidebook for the protection of ...

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Title:The Future Of Life
Author:Edward O. Wilson
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Genres:Science
ISBN:The Future of Life
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:220 pages pages

The Future Of Life Reviews

  • tanya
    Dec 23, 2007
    Oh man are we in trouble. I wish someday I could know as much as Wilson and be as articulate and persuasive as he is. Even as he presents depressing fact after depressing fact, there remains an optimistic undertone. How can you spot thinkers like this in their youth and cling to their ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    May 27, 2010
    I can't decide if Wilson's solution to the future of biological life on our planet is optimistic in a functional or naive way. This was recommended reading by Margaret Atwood after reading Oryx and Crake, and I like the idea of having a solution instead of allowing society to deteriora...
  • Lauren
    Jul 02, 2007
    Simply phenomenal - outlines a variety of environmental issues, why we should care about them and how we can fix it all. ...
  • Kurt
    Aug 09, 2010
    Edward O. Wilson is an all-around fascinating person. No one is more knowledgeable on the subjects of biology, ecology, and nature in general. And he can write in a way that is readable, interesting, and enjoyable to non-experts in those fields (like me). The Future of Life is Wilso...
  • Annie
    Aug 05, 2008
    The book opens with a letter to Thoreau, describing the current condition of the natural world through the lense of contemporary science, and from a conservationist's perspective. He warns of the dangerous path we are heading down if we maintain current levels of use of our resources w...
  • Adrian
    Jul 22, 2009
    Information conveyed with the simplicity of a master. It's refreshing to hear someone discuss the state of the world in such depth without feeling like you're being clubbed over the head. E. O. Wilson is an O. G. when it comes to the environmental movement, but there's never a moment w...
  • Isabel
    Mar 12, 2008
    I'm reading this book for the Biology & Society class that I'm taking. It delves deeply into the make up of the biosphere and the impact that we have had and are having on our planet. But it's not all doom and gloom as the author believes that we have not gone too far and that the ...
  • Matt
    Jan 15, 2008
    This is a must read book for anyone who breaths and would prefer for it not to be a lung full of cancerous soot and toxins. Inspirational and oddly optimistic in this age of knee-jerk "the sky is falling" pessimists...even though the sky may be falling...or at least filling up with hum...
  • Mason Wiebe
    Feb 03, 2008
    E.O. Wilson is great. This book was a bit like taking an ecology class at university, but one that focuses on the societal effects and how we can help save the world. He explains the basics of biodiversity, why it is necessary and how we have screwed it up. It is not a negative book...
  • Sheryl Smith
    Mar 08, 2008
    Awesome, awesome book. I am not what anyone would call a liberal. Neither am I a conservative. I live outside those labels and live in the land of the spiritual, being aware of the connectedness of all things. (Without being Buddhist.) It was to that part of my mind and soul ...
  • Connie
    Mar 14, 2008
    This is great info, enjoyable to read and worthwhile. It is often reminding me of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, but explores a much more biological point of reference. It's incredibly factual and detailed about the flora and fauna of the planet and human impact. Wilson urges that...
  • Paul
    Nov 14, 2008
    So far - Readable and eye opening. ...
  • Eric
    Jul 11, 2018
    The Future of Life was ?required? reading for incoming freshmen at BSC in 2003. It has been incredibly interesting revisiting this ?call to arms? for environmental conservationism 15 years later - even more so with the issues recently with the EPA. E. O. Wilson is optimistic, t...
  • Hollis Fishelson-holstine
    Aug 08, 2010
    The focus of the book was on the preciousness of biodiversity and how to preserve it for the future. I LOVED the intro - a letter to Thoreau at Walden Pond. The book itself, while on a subject near and dear to my heart was a lot of detailed information about a subject of which I'm pret...
  • Marit
    Oct 15, 2010
    This was my first E.O. Wilson popular book (a sad admission for an ecologist, I know), but I'm so glad I finally took the plunge. Wilson's writing is superb. His fascination, intense love, and awe of the natural world shines through in elegant, pithy phrases and humorous descriptions a...
  • John
    Jul 17, 2011
    Great book by Edward Wilson outlining a scientific outlook on the future of life. It is about 10 years old so I'm curious where we are in relation to what he hoped. This book took out the liberal/conservative arguments for conservation and outlined the issues and perils very well. If f...
  • David
    Nov 06, 2008
    I believe this book should be required reading for anyone who plans to live on our planet. Wilson argues convincingly that global climate change is not the most important problem we face, but that it is only one contributing factor to the real crisis which is the collapse of biodiversi...
  • Jean
    Jul 14, 2009
    Wilson explains how all ecosystems, even those populated by the minutest of species, are linked to all other ecosystems creating one super organism. This super organism surrounds Earth and provides not only equilibrium but services to humanity like water purification, climate regulatio...
  • John Valentich
    Jan 25, 2009
    Brilliant book for non-biologists about the wondrous intricacies of life on earth and where it's headed if humans don't quickly ramp up their learning curve about how they're about to destroy the tidy house of cards that represents modern "civilization." This book explains why humans a...
  • Hannah
    Feb 21, 2009
    I picked up this book most interested in following the trail of bio-prospecting, hearing about some of the field's successes, some predictions for it?s future impact on medicine, pharmaceuticals, etc. While I expected this book to be great, I was let down by the author's writing s...
  • Dennis Littrell
    Sep 03, 2019
    A prescription offering hope Famed biologist and godfather of sociobiology (and its current prodigy, evolutionary psychology), esteemed Harvard professor and one of the great scientists of our time, Edward O. Wilson outlines in this engaging but somewhat reserved book what is happen...
  • SD Mittelsteadt
    Feb 14, 2010
    A great book for those concered about the environment and the state of our natural world. Ed Wilson first made me ashamed to be a human being of this planet, then convinced me that we are smart enough, talented enough, and moral enough to not only do something to protect and preserve l...
  • Lucas Miller
    Jun 13, 2010
    My Audible review: I've listened to Cousteau's "The Human, the Orchid and The Octopus" and Jane Goodall's "Reason for Hope" and just finished this one. To be brief, I think this one stands head-and-shoulders above the other two as a case for the environment and a roadmap for a susta...
  • Adriane
    Mar 06, 2011
    E. Wilson portrays an excellent and eye opening account of where the planet and life itself is headed if we remain on the same anticipated trajectory. My only critique (which is of no fault of my own for not reading it sooner), is perhaps the book is outdated now, it was written in ...
  • Joseph Sverker
    Oct 12, 2012
    One cannot mistake Wilson almost evangelical zeal for the preservation of species. And I have no disagreements with his general motives, although it doesn't always make great reading. It is a little bit like sitting in on a sermon that trudge through the same point on and on again with...
  • Cameron
    Nov 09, 2011
    EO Wilson has an excellent grasp of the broad diversity of organisms that inhabit this planet. He also clearly understands the extent to which we have decimated these populations. This book is an excellent review of the biosphere, the extent of damage we have inflicted, the reasons why...
  • Ryan Moulton
    Aug 18, 2012
    Skip the overwrought introduction if it turns you off. The motivational parts are a little weak. The rest of the book is fascinating and enlightening. His major theses: - The only way to preserve the remaining species on earth is to protect large contiguous areas of habitat. - T...
  • Paul
    Jan 16, 2013
    For a book published in 2002, it is good to see how much that was written about has come to pass; improved understanding of the environment, a desire to think big in terms of conservation areas, and looking at the biodiversity of regions. That said there are areas that have not prog...
  • Márk Reif
    Mar 03, 2019
    A beautifully written book by Edward O. Wilson in defense of nature and biodiversity, in it the author argues that the time has come we homo sapiens take responsibility for our actions and stop running amok letting other creatures live on this planet we both call home. The book pain...
  • Zdzich
    Dec 05, 2016
    Since being very interested in the subject of environmental studies, it was a great pleasure for me to come across this book. Without any doubt I can claim, that one of its strength is deep love for nature. Nevertheless, there was a number of views presented in the book, which I pe...