The Science of Ant Communication by Pamela Paterson

The Science of Ant Communication

By Pamela Paterson

  • Release Date: 2011-11-25
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4
From 33 Ratings
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Unlike ants themselves, ant communication is no small matter. These tiny creatures have a very sophisticated communication system, and communication drives every facet of their society much like it drives every part of our society. This book presents a fascinating view of the science of ant communication.

This book has been reviewed by Dr. Paul Mazzocchi, who calls it a "...beautiful essay on ant pheromones. It is well worth reading as an example of the complexity of the animal world and the interdependence of behavior and chemistry, the world of chemical ecology".

Bonus: Both general interest and technical versions are included as two-books-in-one.


  • Too broad

    By SayPlugh
    I enjoyed this (tiny) book, but I was disappointed in its broad, yet shallow coverage of the subject. I enjoyed the survey of species and modes of communication, but was surprised when I reached "the end." I expected the author to choose a simple, representative species and go into detail. The "scientific" second half was unnecessary. The first half could have been annotated with footnotes for the "scientific" details. As it is, the book is essentially duplicated with only slightly more scholarly jargon and elaboration. Frankly, the Wikipedia article, "Ant," is what I expected and (disconcertingly) seemed to have been a prime research source for this book.
  • Nice overview

    By Zandaxar
    Ants certainly are amazing creatures. Additionally, it was interesting to compare both versions to see how scientists use language to be more precise.