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Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology 23419554
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Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology

Lisa Margonelli
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Award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli, national bestselling author of Oil on the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, investigates...
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ISBN: 23419554
Dimensiuni: 16,5x23,5 cm
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Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology
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Descoperă cartea Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology de Lisa Margonelli apărută la editura SCIENTIFIC AMER
Award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli, national bestselling author of Oil on the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, investigates the environmental and economic impact termites inflict on human societies in this fascinating examination of one of nature's most misunderstood insects.Are we more like termites than we ever imagined? In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff annually--and yet, in Margonelli's telling, seem weirdly familiar. Over the course of a decade-long obsession with the little bugs, Margonelli pokes around termite mounds and high-tech research facilities, closely watching biologists, roboticists, and geneticists. Her globe-trotting journey veers into uncharted territory, from evolutionary theory to Edwardian science literature to the military industrial complex. What begins as a natural history of the termite becomes a personal exploration of the unnatural future we're building, with darker observations on power, technology, historical trauma, and the limits of human cognition.Whether in Namibia or Cambridge, Arizona or Australia, Margonelli turns up astounding facts and raises provocative questions. Is a termite an individual or a unit of a superorganism? Can we harness the termite's properties to change the world? If we build termite-like swarming robots, will they inevitably destroy us? Is it possible to think without having a mind? Underbug burrows into these questions and many others--unearthing disquieting answers about the world's most underrated insect and what it means to be human.
Autor: Lisa Margonelli
Data apariției: 2019
Editura: SCIENTIFIC AMER
Titlu original: Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology
Pagini: 100
Limba: Engleză
Hârtie: 80g/m
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