The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson

This is a classic biology book I picked up to fill a nonfiction slot in a summer reading program. Plus, Wilson has won two Pulitzer Prizes so the writing must be pretty good.

Published: 1992

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 424 pages

Summary: The book has three main sections. The first discusses how life and biodiversity gets started on new land areas. The next section discusses how to increase biodiversity through speciation and habitat diversification. Finally, Wilson discusses how humans are messing up the system and what we are losing in the process.

Final thoughts: A good book, and I’m glad I read it. It added a few more stories to my arsenal, although I knew much of what was discussed. The current edition has a new preface, and I’d be curious to see what new information has been added. Quite a bit of information on biodiversity has been added since the book was published. I did find it interesting that Wilson had a lot to say about climate change, even in the ’90s. I didn’t realize there was that much evidence for climate change that long ago, but it seems the scientists started worrying about it long before it reached public awareness.

Title comes from: the topic of the book

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book read in a previous year

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2 responses to “The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson

  1. Brian Geiger

    I might have to pick this one up! Ever since I read “The Meaning of Human Existence” I’ve been a big fan of Edward O. Wilson. Great post!

    Brian Geiger

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