of books by Edward O. Wilson

EDWARD O. WILSON (b 1929 - ) is the Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Consilience*. The Unity of Knowledge.
by Edward O. Wilson
  Vintage, 1998

How do we know that the Theory of Evolution (or all of science, for that matter) is a factual based body of evidence? It is the unity of knowledge, the internal consistency of a multitude of experiences and observations that are all compatible with this grand theory of the origin and history of life. His description of the natural sciences is one of the better and concise explanation of how science (scientists) works.

Wilson is also the author of Sociobiology, his main scientific treaties on the biological basis of social behavior, where he applies his concept of consilience.

*Consilience : "the 'joining together of knowledge by the linking of facts and fact based theory across disciplines to create a common groundwork of explanation"


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