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The Resource Underbug : an obsessive tale of termites and technology, Lisa Margonelli ; illustrations by Thomas Shahan

Underbug : an obsessive tale of termites and technology, Lisa Margonelli ; illustrations by Thomas Shahan

Label
Underbug : an obsessive tale of termites and technology
Title
Underbug
Title remainder
an obsessive tale of termites and technology
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Margonelli ; illustrations by Thomas Shahan
Title variation
  • Obsessive tale of termites and technology
  • Under bug
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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. Over the course of a decade-long obsession with one of nature's most influential but least understood bugs, Margonelli pokes around termite mounds and high-tech research facilities, closely watching biologists, roboticists, and geneticists. 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. Her globe-trotting journey veers into uncharted territory, from evolutionary theory to Edwardian science literature to the military-industrial complex. 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."--Dust jacket
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10685281
Cataloging source
DLC
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Margonelli, Lisa
Dewey number
595.7/36
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QL529
LC item number
.M374 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Termites
  • Termites
  • Technology and civilization
  • Termites
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / General
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an obsessive tale of termites and technology
Label
Underbug : an obsessive tale of termites and technology, Lisa Margonelli ; illustrations by Thomas Shahan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-287) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. A termite safari -- Part II. Riddles in the dirt ; An inconvenient insect ; Into the mound ; Complexity is the essence ; Because they are so sweet ; A black box with six legs ; Waiting for Carnot -- Part III. The second termite safari ; Life in the firehose ; Jazz in the metagenome ; Burning very slowly ; Restless streams -- Part IV. Crossing the abstraction barrier ; Influential individuals ; The robot apocalypse -- Part V. Darwin's termites ; The soul of the soil ; The math of fairy circles ; The soul of the cell ; Empathy and the drone ; White ants -- Part VI. Them and us
Control code
on1004919593
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780374282073
Lccn
2017059906
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028458612
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1004919593
Label
Underbug : an obsessive tale of termites and technology, Lisa Margonelli ; illustrations by Thomas Shahan
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-287) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. A termite safari -- Part II. Riddles in the dirt ; An inconvenient insect ; Into the mound ; Complexity is the essence ; Because they are so sweet ; A black box with six legs ; Waiting for Carnot -- Part III. The second termite safari ; Life in the firehose ; Jazz in the metagenome ; Burning very slowly ; Restless streams -- Part IV. Crossing the abstraction barrier ; Influential individuals ; The robot apocalypse -- Part V. Darwin's termites ; The soul of the soil ; The math of fairy circles ; The soul of the cell ; Empathy and the drone ; White ants -- Part VI. Them and us
Control code
on1004919593
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780374282073
Lccn
2017059906
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028458612
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1004919593

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