NOVA — “Every so often a giant emerges on the stage of science, someone who transcends the narrow boundaries of a particular line of research and alters our perspective on the world. E.O. Wilson is such a man.”
He’s been called the Lord of the Ants, the Ant Whisperer, and the greatest biologist of the last 50 years. Edward Osborne Wilson‘s work laid the groundwork for animal sociology* and island biogeography, and if you haven’t heard of him, you haven’t been paying attention to modern ecology.
* = Yes, I mean sociobiology. I understand the criticisms of it – it is often associated with adaptationism and pre-determinism. I don’t think that the lessons of sociobiology need incorporate these long-debunked concepts, i.e., as much as I respect Gould and Lewontin as giants of science, I think they made up a bit of a sociobiology strawman in their criticisms of Wilson. Disagree or want to correct me? That’s what the comments are for.
** Sorry, just realized that I egregiously forgot to send a tip-o-the-hat to Southern Fried Science for this.