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Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology

Lisa Margonelli



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One World
01 December 2018
Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Insects (entomology); Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders
Who has the answer to the world's fuel problems? How can we bring ruined land back to life? Where do roboticists turn when they try to engineer a hive mind?


Strange though it seems, scientists look to tiny termites for answers to some big ideas. Lisa Margonelli tracks them, deep into their mounds to find out how termites can change the world. Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology touches on everything from meditation, innovation and the psychology of obsession to good old-fashioned biology.
By:   Lisa Margonelli
Imprint:   One World
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 28mm
ISBN:   9781786071903
ISBN 10:   1786071908
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lisa Margonelli is the author of Oil on the Brain, a national bestseller which the American Library Association named one of the 25 Notable Books of 2007. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic, Scientific American, National Geographic and Wired. She lives in Maine.

Reviews for Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology

` of the finest writers and most original thinkers we have. A surprising, swirling, fantastically unpredictable, thought-provoking, funny, and (depending on your species) delicious book.' -- Mary Roach, author of <i>Grunt</i> and <i>Gulp</i> `In a unique voice that's wry, inventive, and acrobatic, Margonelli takes us on a termite-guided exploration of subterranean tracts of nature, science, and robotics. The book is brimming with flair. Prepare to find yourself absorbed.' -- Peter Godfrey-Smith, author of <i>Other Minds</i> `Unlikely but fascinating...[this] far-ranging work touches on the nature of individuality, the use of drones by the military, the applicability of concepts of good and evil to science, and the creation of biofuels created using the termite gut, among other topics. Margonelli brings all of this to light by making complex, cutting-edge science understandable to the general reader, while also conveying the excitement, frustration, and plain drudgery inherent in the scientific endeavor... Margonelli has written a book as entertaining as it is informative.' * <i>Publishers Weekly</i> *

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