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  • Relié: 248 pages
  • Editeur : Princeton University Press (15 octobre 2010)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0691147213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691147215
  • Dimensions du produit: 2,5 x 21 x 24,1 cm
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Par Dominique le 9 juillet 2014
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L'auteur compile des recherches qu'il a mené jusqu'ici. De nombreuses références et expérimentations qui étaient inédites pour moi. Les mécanismes décrits pour le choix de nidification d'un essaim sont extra-ordinaires et pourraient nous faire réfléchir un nouveau système communautaire de prise de décision. Les RT ou les +1 des réseaux sociaux n'en sont pas loin.
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Par TAGRART le 7 août 2014
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Heureux anglicistes qui, apiculteurs ou encore intéressés par l'apiculture, mais ne pouvez avoir de ruche chez vous, en raison de contingences matérielles, ce magnifique ouvrage est pour vous; c'est une véritable bible de l'apiculture, qui mérite d'être traduite en français.
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Par Psallidakos le 2 novembre 2014
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5 étoiles pour la qualité scientifique et pour son écriture assez simple qui le fait accessible au public (anglophone) qui est déjà intéressé aux abeilles et leur mode de vie.
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A great book for anyone who is interesting about how world is built and how a decision can be taken
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59 internautes sur 61 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
This is a remarkable book! Layperson or bee expert, buy this book! Fascinating! 2 novembre 2010
Par Robert MacKimmie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Not only is the research completely sound and refreshing, the graphic representation of compelling information is truly revelatory.

If you are going to be shipwrecked on an island, even if that island has no honeybees, you should take this one book. It just seems that Thomas Seeley has compiled a most fascinating explanation of one of the bees' most curious and intelligent behaviors - and the graphic illustration and charts lend insight in clean, straight-forward, "ahh-hah" kind of ways, less understandable until now given the new, brilliant and powerfully simple conveyance.

The Epilogue should be read first because it provides the most fitting setup: Martin Lindauer observed a clustered swarm of bees on a bush and noticed that the waggle-dancing bees were covered in black soot, red brick dust and grey soil. Calling them dirty dancers, a multiple of them were obviously attempting to convince others regarding the merits of a nearby chimney. That started his research into bee group decision making, and thus, Thomas Seeley's remarkable treatise on the subject.

This would be a fascinating coffee table book, with insighful information for any curious book-flipper. For seasoned beekeepers, the photos, illustrations and information presented solidifies and exemplifies many of the things that we already know. Best example: on page 38, Figure 2.12 is a photo illustrating the underside of some house bees and shows how the wax chips are produced from the abdomens of the worker bees. I know this but had never seen it before. To see the photos is to gain much deeper understanding, and that quality of knowledge shared is represented throughout the entire book.

As an informational tome, this book is beautiful, fascinating, timely, informative, curious, insightfully supportive, educational and moves what we know forward in terms of an improved general understanding of the bees' intricate and remarkable intelligence.

Thank you Thomas Seeley, your illustrator, your graduate and undergraduate research students. I feel like a more comprehensive beekeeper by the richer understanding that your work has provided. It's a terrific book for the lay person and experienced beekeeper alike. Beautiful and fascinating!
17 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Beautiful book filled with true passion 19 octobre 2010
Par mnomalley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Tom Seeley shares his 30+ years of work with honeybees to reveal how these beautiful creatures, living in dense societies, are able to make collective, speedy, and accurate decisions. This is a remarkable book that showcases both the creativity of researchers who have uncovered the secrets of bees as well as the success of one of Earth's most adaptive inhabitants. This book clearly contains lessons on how groups can make better decisions, but you don't need the lessons to appreciate and enjoy what Seeley has to say about these little marvels. I happen to like reading about the logic behind the research and some of the experiments that Seeley and others have conducted, but if that isn't for you, you can browse sections and get to the nice summaries the author provides at the end of most sections. In the end, you will see that democracy really works.
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Bee Inspired 30 octobre 2010
Par James O. Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is destined to be a modern classic. It is a blend of the very best science and inspired, eloquent writing. In 230 beautifully illustrated pages Seeley, a Cornell U professor, tells the complete story of a nearly perfect representational democracy. Bees have developed a decision making process that allows them to make a rational decision about a live or die choice they must make: where to make their next home. Seeley has deciphered all of the elements of this annual process and lets us in on the secrets of the bees. He is careful to show scientific verification to all of his ideas and documents the painstaking observations that back up his assertions. Before reading this book I was an admirer of the evolved social community that makes up a bee hive. Now I am in awe of these wonderful creatures. I thank Thomas D. Seeley for sharing his love and enthusiasm as well as his remarkable expertise.
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Well written, very informative 23 juillet 2011
Par Brett A. Fishwild - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a scientist by nature and trade, though I am a geologist with no level of expertise or knowledge in regards to insects. After hearing another story about colony collapse disorder on NPR, I researched the available books on honeybees at Amazon (was surprise at how few there are) and settled on Dr. Seeley's book. Great read! I found the structure of the book well thought out, each chapter leading into subsequent chapters. Each chapter also dealt with a discrete topic and flushed out the details thoroughly. Also - I enjoyed the fact that his writing style was easily accessible for the laymen. Some books of this ilk get caught in up what level of jargon or detail to use, but Dr. Seeley found a very reasonable position on this. Being an analytical type person, I really enjoyed how each theory was tested and described. The reader will see for example the criteria bees use for siting new hives, how they test some of those criteria, and of course the main topic - how the scouts tell the colony about their searches for new homes and then how the colony reaches a consensus amongst the various choices the scouts bring back.

The reader should understand that this is not an all-encompassing book on bees, there is not much in here on hive construction or life cycles or how foragers do their thing. But there was enough on those topics for a novice like me to understand the context of what Dr. Seeley was writing about. At the end, I was not entirely convinced of using the bees "democratic" style in real life human situations. But it was good that Dr. Seeley gave real anecdotal examples from his university meetings and from New England town hall meetings to discuss it - other authors may have simply made the theoretical premise and left it at that.

I look forward to reading his other book - Wisdom of the Hive - to read up on the foragers. Just wish the price would come down some! We get spoiled on the $5-$10 cheap paperbacks and are lamentably surprised at the price of niche scientific books. But Dr. Seeley does a great job here.
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So good! 20 décembre 2010
Par lola - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book presents science writing, thinking and doing at its very best. I am a graduate student in molecular biology and a honeybee hobbyist. This book has given me insight into how a prolific scientist performs the scientific method again and again to answer basic and complex questions in biology.

We are privy to his thought processes as he develops a question, finds a way to answer it, does the hard work to build the experiment, troubleshoots, reconfigures, looks at the data, and draws conclusions. Not only is this epistemological content valuable to a budding scientist, but what he conveys about bees in crisp, fresh language is incredible.

We learn why a swarm take several days to decide where to go; why the temperature of the swarm on the branch is important to turning a decision into action; and why the swarms's decisions are so often the best possible choice.

The long, detailed exposition of data and methods might be stultifying to someone who is more interested in the kernels of knowledge gained from the experiments, but they flavor and add to the book for someone curious about the scientific method. I highly recommend this book. I envision myself turning to it again and again as much for the joy of scientific discovery it captures, as to learn more about bee behavior.
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