“Wilson’s passionate curiosity—the hallmark of his remarkable career—has led him to these urgent reflections on the human condition. . . . Wilson brilliantly analyzes the force, at once creative and destructive, of our biological inheritance and daringly advances a grand theory of the origins of human culture. This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the intersection of science and the humanities.”

Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve on Edward O. Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth

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“No one but [Edward] O. Wilson could bring together such a brilliant synthesis of biology and the humanities, to shed light on the origins of language, religion, art, and all of human culture.”

Oliver Sacks on Edward O. Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth

Edward O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, and author who is often dubbed “the father of sociobiology.” He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Social Conquest of Earth and Anthill: A Novel, as well as the Pulitzer Prize–winning On Human Nature and (with Bert Hölldobler) The Ants. For his contributions in science and conservation, he has received more than one hundred awards from around the world. A professor emeritus at Harvard University, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.