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Publisher's Summary

Honeybees make decisions collectively-and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees.

©2010 Princeton University Press (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The year's most enchanting science book." ( Financial Times)

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Great info

I loved the information in this book but found the author patting his back a little too often for my tastes.

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A most inspiring book!

Besides providing an updated information on the state of the art knowledge on the ways bee colonies make decisions it is also very motivating.

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Very educational!!

I will never look at a bee again without wonder and amazement. This book creates excitement and enthusiasm for the bees waggle dance. I was so enthralled with this book I didn’t want to put it down and so I read it in only a few days. Great for beekeepers and non beekeepers so we may appreciate these beautiful little creatures.

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The mind of the Hive.

Very good book with lots of scientific details. Performance was awesome.
Sort of behind the scenes of the Honeybee
With projects like this there is “Hope for The Honeybee”.