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“Nothing is more attractive to me than a muddled domain awaiting its first theory. I feel most at home with a jumble of glittering data and the feeling that they might be fitted together for the first time into some new pattern. This inclination made me especially compatible with mathematicians. I became fascinated with the way they think, why they should be so much better at quantitative reasoning than I, what difference it made in the end, why I should be the one so often to suggest moving in a particular direction, but then even more frequently not be able to do so, and finally how different everything looked after a little progress had been made.”

E. O. Wilson

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  1. Paul

    I found the E. O. Wilson post intriguing and so followed it up by reading his wikipedia.org entry. I am very interested in reading some of his writings, but am a little intimidated. I have read and enjoyed many of Richard Dawkins’ books. Is E. O. Wilson as accessible to the layman as Dawkins? Can anybody make a recommendation as to a good place to start reading Wilson’s work?

    Thanks
    Paul

  2. Mark Rovetta

    “Journey to the Ants” is directed to the general public.

    I would look forward to reading MFL blogs about (1) Feynman’s Ants and (2) applications of mathematics to wildlife biology 🙂

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