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An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of an immense world. This book welcomes us into a previously unfathomable dimension: the world as it is truly perceived by other animals. We encounter beetles that are drawn to fires (and fireworks), songbirds that can see the Earth's magnetic fields, and brainless jellyfish that nonetheless have complex eyes. We discover that a crocodile's scaly face is as sensitive as a lover's fingertips, that the eyes of a giant squid evolved to see sparkling whales, and that even fingernail-sized spiders can make out the craters of the moon. We meet people with unusual senses, from women who can make out extra colors to blind individuals who can navigate using reflected echoes like bats. Yong tells the stories of pivotal discoveries in the field, and also looks ahead at the many mysteries which lie unsolved.
Review Quotes: "A thrilling tour of nonhuman perception . . . Nature's true wonders aren't limited to a remote wilderness or other sublime landscape. . . . There is as much grandeur in the soil of a backyard garden as there is in the canyons of Zion." --The New York Times
"A dazzling ride through the sensory world of astoundingly sophisticated creatures . . . It's Mr. Yong's task to expand our thinking, to rouse our sense of wonder, to help us feel humbled and exalted at the capabilities of our fellow inhabitants on Earth. . . . [A] deeply affectionate travelogue of animal sensory wonders." --The Wall Street Journal"One of this year's finest works of narrative nonfiction . . . Yong's reporting is layered, seasoned with vivid scenes from laboratories and in the field, interviews with researchers across a spectrum of disciplines." --Oprah Daily"I don't know how to put into words the awe I felt while reading this book--for the incredible sensory diversity of our planet, and for Ed Yong's talents." --Mary Roach, author of Stiff"There is almost no writer I admire as much as I do Ed Yong. He's an extraordinary reporter and a writer of such grace that his work seems effortless. An Immense World is a journal of discovery and animal magic, and a sensory exploration that is a joy to read." --Susan Orlean, author of On Animals"What would we do without Ed Yong? This book feels like a tremendous burst of oxygen, animating everything around us with life and color and texture and wonder at precisely the moment we all need it." --Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
"Equal parts science and poetry: Yong guides us through the magic of the animal kingdom in ways that have unlocked something inside of me I didn't know was there. I'll never look at our planet the same way again." --Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed
"Though we can't sense magnetic or electrical fields and have noses too blunt to see the world, this book gives us the next best thing: appreciation for those who can. Ed Yong expands our world as he lets us see into others'." --Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog
"Yong's writerly gifts offer us a thoughtful blend of whip-smart enchantments-dazzling revelation after revelation about animals and how they encounter the world. The breadth and depth of his knowledge is downright effervescent and exacting." --Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of World of Wonders
"A cornucopia of wonders--a fascinating reminder that most of what happens among life forms on Earth is beyond our ken." --David Quammen, author of The Tangled Tree"Utterly surprising, like stepping into Alice in Wonderland . . . the perfect mixture of revelation, curiosity, science, beautiful prose, and buckets full of wonders." --Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature"A whirlwind tour of animal perceptual abilities, this magnificent book challenges your imagination and fills you with wonder about the living world." --Frans de Waal, author of Different
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A "thrilling" (The New York Times), "dazzling" (The Wall Street Journal) tour of the radically different ways that animals perceive the world that will fill you with wonder and forever alter your perspective, by Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Ed Yong"One of this year's finest works of narrative nonfiction."--Oprah DailyONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time, People, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Slate, Reader's Digest, Outside, Publishers Weekly, BookPage
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Oprah Daily, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, Prospect (UK), Mental Floss, She Reads, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal
WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL - FINALIST FOR THE KIRKUS PRIZE - FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD - LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/E.O. WILSON AWARD