E. O. Wilson, Lord of the Ants

Ed Wilson, is, without exaggeration, the reason I decided to become a scientist instead of something else (well, he and Richard Feynman). Towards the end of my senior year in high school, I read his book Consilience, which opened my eyes to the process of science as something more than just science class in school. He is an unbelievable writer, and it is a fantastic book.

Anyway, the other day I stumbled across a full episode (in living color, high quality, and large size) of NOVA about his life and work. In the short excerpt below, Wilson demonstrates how ants use pheremones to lead each other to food.

Click here for the full episode. (52 minutes)

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