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Kingdom of Ants: José Celestino Mutis and the Dawn of Natural History in the New World

Edward O. Wilson and José M. Gómez Durán
Format
Book
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Language
English
ISBN
9780801897856, 0801897858
Summary
In 1760, the 28-year-old Mutisáunewly appointed as the personal physician of the Viceroy of the New Kingdom of Granadaáuembarked on a 48-year exploration of the natural world of northern South America. His thirst for knowledge led Mutis to study the region's flora, become a professor of mathematics, construct the first astronomical observatory in the Western Hemisphere, and amass one of the largest scientific libraries in the world. He translated Newton's writings and penned essays about Copernicus; lectured extensively on astronomy, geography, and meteorology; and eventually became a priest. But, as two-time Pulitzer Prizeãuwinner Edward O. Wilson and Spanish natural history scholar lose M. G6mez Duran reveal in this enjoyable and illustrative account, one of Mutis's most magnificent accomplishments involved ants.
Contents
  • Who was Mutis
  • The making of an eighteenth-century naturalist
  • The scientific contributions of José Celestino Mutis
  • Mutis seeks advice
  • Mutis begins his study of ants
  • Ants are transported by ships
  • Ant plants and plant ants
  • Mutis learns about the mule-train (leafcutter) ants
  • Unending struggles against the mule-train ants
  • Ant wars
  • Mutis solves the mystery of the nomadic pataloas
  • Mutis measures the size of an army-ant colony
  • Mutis tracks the armies of ants
  • Mutis studies the gender of ants and makes an amazing discovery
  • Mutis' other ants
  • How good a scientist was Mutis?
Description
viii, 95 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references.
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