The Butterfly Effect Insects and the Making of the Modern World by Edward D Melillo
epub | 38.17 MB | English | Author :Edward D. Melillo | 2020 | Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


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An insightful, entertaining dive into the fruitful, centuries-long relationship between humans and insects, revealing the fascinating and surprising array of ways humans depend on these minute, six-legged pests.
Insects might make us recoil in repugnance, but they also manufacture-or make possible in other ways-many of the things we take for granted in our daily lives. When we bite into a shiny apple, listen to the resonant notes of a violin, try on the latest fashions, receive a dental implant, or get a manicure, we are mingling with the by-products of their everyday lives. Try as we might to replicate their raw material (silk, shellac, and cochineal, for instance), our artificial substitutes have proven subpar at best, and at worst toxic, ensuring our interdependence with the insect world for the foreseeable future. With illuminating demonstrations and thoughtful histories, and drawing on research in laboratory science, agriculture practices,...

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