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The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674418776

Publication Date: 01/01/1967

566 pages

187 halftones, 267 line illustrations, 45 tables

Belknap Press


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Von Frisch’s The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees will surely take its place in the tiny group of genuine classics of scientific literature. It is the definitive account of the waggle dance and other forms of honeybee communication as they have been so consummately elucidated by von Frisch and his students, and it contains in addition a clear summary of the vast lore of experiments on the sensory physiology and orientation of the honeybee.—Edward O. Wilson, Science

This significant and lucid volume is the dichtes Buch of Karl von Frisch. Here in full flower are his classic experiments with honeybees which revolutionized our thinking about the communication behavior of animals.—Donald R. Griffin, American Scientist

Von Frisch’s clear and inspiring prose sets a standard for scientific writing which has never been bettered. You will never view the insect kingdom in the same way again.—Tim Smit, The Week

Awards & Accolades

  • Karl von Frisch Is Co-Winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
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