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Insect Dietary

Nature volume 158, page 728 (23 November 1946) | Download Citation



IN the Analays the amateur in natural history needs to more and more of the products of scientific study if he is to get the fullest enjoyment from hm observation of Nature; and the professional bioist has equal need of the knowledge, the enthusiasms and the gift for sympathetic observation of the field naturalist if his biology is to remain the science of living things. Therein lay the virtue of the late W. M. Wheeler's vivid books on insect life, “Social Life Among Insects” and “Demons of the Dust”. These are inexhaustible mines of information about the creatures with which they deal; but, throughout, the natural history is informed by a profound knowledge of scientific theory and, for that matter, of the philosophical implications of science.

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