Cover: Sociobiology in PAPERBACK


The Abridged Edition

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$57.00 • £45.95 • €51.50

ISBN 9780674816244

Publication Date: 03/12/1980


384 pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

96 illustrations

Belknap Press


When Sociobiology was published in 1975, our reviewer, John Pfeiffer, hailed it as ‘an evolutionary event.’ Since then, it has become the framework for a controversial new science—the study of the biological basis for social behavior in every species, from the lowliest amoeba colony to modern human behavior. This shortened version, retaining all of Sarah Landry’s illuminating drawings, makes it more accessible to general readers.The New York Times Book Review

Its contents do indeed provide a new synthesis, of wide perspective and great authority… Wilson’s plain uncluttered prose is a treat to read, his logic is rigorous, his arguments are lucid.—V. C. Wymne-Edwards, Nature

Rarely has the world been provided with such a splendid stepping stone for an exciting future of a new science.—John Tyler Bonner, Scientific American

Sociobiology is an excellent book, full of extraordinary insights, and replete with the beauty and poetry of the animal kingdom.The Times Literary Supplement

It is impossible to leave Wilson’s book without having one’s sense of life permanently and dramatically widened.—Fred Hapgood, The Atlantic

The book enthralls and enchants… If you have this book…you can begin getting your mind ready for the illuminations about human society.—Lewis Thomas, Harper’s

A towering theoretical achievement of exceptional elegance… Like most great books, Sociobiology is unpedantic, lucid, and eminently accessible.—Pierre L. van den Berghe, Contemporary Sociology

Sociobiology, a new concept, is one with extraordinary potential value for understanding and explaining human behavior.Practical Psychology

This book will stand as a landmark in the comparative study of social behavior.Quarterly Review of Biology

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