The Most Perfect Thing

The Most Perfect Thing (Paperback)

By Tim Birkhead 
Publisher: bloomsbury publishing
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9781408851272
No. of Pages: 304
Publish Date: 2017-03-15
Binding: Paperback
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'I think that, if required on pain of death to name instantly the most perfect thing in theuniverse, I should risk my fate on a bird's egg'Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1862How are eggs of different shapes made, and why are they the shape they are? Whendoes the shell of an egg harden? Why do some eggs contain two yolks? How are thecolours and patterns of an eggshell created, and why do they vary? And which end of anegg is laid first - the blunt end or the pointy end?These are just some of the questions A Bird's Egg answers, as the journey of a bird'segg from creation and fertilisation to its eventual hatching is examined, with currentscientific knowledge placed within an historical context. Beginning with an examinationof the stunning eggs of the guillemot, each of which is so variable in pattern and colourthat no two are ever the same, acclaimed ornithologist Tim Birkhead then looks at theeggs of hens, cuckoos and many other birds, revealing weird and wonderful facts aboutthese miracles of nature. Woven around and supporting these facts are extraordinarystories of the individuals who from as far back as Ancient Egypt have been fixated on thestudy and collection of eggs, not always to the benefit of their conservation.Firmly grounded in science and enriched by a wealth of observation drawn from alifetime spent studying birds,A Bird's Egg is an illuminating and engaging exploration ofthe science behind eggs and the history of man's obsession with them.

About the Author

Tim Birkhead is a professor at the University of Sheffield where he teaches animalbehaviour and the history of science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London andhis research has taken him all over the world in the quest to understand the lives ofbirds. He has written for the Independent, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife. Among his otherbooks are Promiscuity, Great Auk Islands, The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Birdswhich won the McColvin medal, The Red Canary which won the Consul Cremer Prize,The Wisdom of Birds and Bird Sense. He is married with three children and lives inSheffield.

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Title: The Most Perfect Thing
Publisher: bloomsbury publishing
Author: Tim Birkhead
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9781408851272
No. of Pages: 304
Publish Date: 2017-03-15
Binding: Paperback


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