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The Dancing Bees - An Account of The Life and Senses of The Honey Bee by Karl von Frisch

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Paperback published by Methuen University Paperbacks (1970). Very Good condition given age. Binding sound and pages clean and unmarked although they are possibly slightly tanned although this does not affect the print at all. There are one or two small marks on the front and back covers and also the original price sticker on the back cover. The spine is probably slightly faded. 198 pages including index. The Dancing Bees draws on previously unexplored archival sources in order to reveal von Frisch’s full story, including how the Nazi government in 1940 determined that he was one-quarter Jewish, revoked his teaching privileges, and sought to prevent him from working altogether until circumstances intervened. In the 1940s, bee populations throughout Europe were facing the devastating effects of a plague (just as they are today), and because the bees were essential to the pollination of crops, von Frisch’s research was deemed critical to maintaining the food supply of a nation at war. The bees, as von Frisch put it years later, saved his life. Munz not only explores von Frisch’s complicated career in the Third Reich, she looks closely at the legacy of his work and the later debates about the significance of the bee language and the science of animal communication.

This first in-depth biography of von Frisch paints a complex and nuanced portrait of a scientist at work under Nazi rule. The Dancing Bees will be welcomed by anyone seeking to better understand not only this chapter of the history of science but also the peculiar waggles of our garden visitors.

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Author(s):
Karl von Frisch
Condition:
Used: very good
ISBN-10:
0416184901
Publisher:
Methuen University Paperbacks
Title:
The Dancing Bees

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Paperback published by Methuen University Paperbacks (1970). Very Good condition given age. Binding sound and pages clean and unmarked although they are possibly slightly tanned although this does not affect the print at all. There are one or two small marks on the front and back covers and also the original price sticker on the back cover. The spine is probably slightly faded. 198 pages including index. The Dancing Bees draws on previously unexplored archival sources in order to reveal von Frisch’s full story, including how the Nazi government in 1940 determined that he was one-quarter Jewish, revoked his teaching privileges, and sought to prevent him from working altogether until circumstances intervened. In the 1940s, bee populations throughout Europe were facing the devastating effects of a plague (just as they are today), and because the bees were essential to the pollination of crops, von Frisch’s research was deemed critical to maintaining the food supply of a nation at war. The bees, as von Frisch put it years later, saved his life. Munz not only explores von Frisch’s complicated career in the Third Reich, she looks closely at the legacy of his work and the later debates about the significance of the bee language and the science of animal communication.

This first in-depth biography of von Frisch paints a complex and nuanced portrait of a scientist at work under Nazi rule. The Dancing Bees will be welcomed by anyone seeking to better understand not only this chapter of the history of science but also the peculiar waggles of our garden visitors.

Author(s):
Karl von Frisch
Condition:
Used: very good
ISBN-10:
0416184901
Publisher:
Methuen University Paperbacks
Title:
The Dancing Bees

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