Ants At Work: How An Insect Society Is Organized

Ants At Work: How An Insect Society Is Organized by Deborah Gordon 0684857332 9780684857336
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A scientific tour de force, Deborah Gordons Ants at Work takes us to the amazing world of an ant society and reveals a new and original understanding of how these tiny animals get the work of the colony done. Gordons surprising and deceptively simple message that the queen is not in charge represents a fundamental shift in modern biology. It is no less than a revolution in our thinking on the mystery of natural organization. <P> Based on the authors seventeen years of research on harvester ants in the Arizona desert, Ants at Work overturns all standard ideas of insect society hierarchy. Gordon shows that an ant colony operates without any central control and that no ant has power over another. Yet the ant colony, harmoniously performs extremely complex tasks; including nest building, navigation, foraging, food storage, tending the young, garbage collection, and on occasion, even war. She shows that there are no territorial borders in the way we understand them because ants are always ready to change. Ants also switch from one task to another, which undermines the standard view that insect societies are run on a caste system. G

Author: Deborah Gordon

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 192

Publisher: Free Press

Publication Date: 1999-10-06


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