Bert Hölldobler and linkurl:Edward O. Wilson,; who won a linkurl:Pulitzer Prize; for their book linkurl:__The Ants__,; have followed up with linkurl:__The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies__.; Here we excerpt their work - sure to become a central text on the biology of linkurl:colonial insects; that function as a coordinated organism - and provide a glimpse at the linkurl:stunning photographs; that accompany the book.Chapter 1 - "The Construction of a Superorganism" stressing the algorithms that direct the self-construction of colonies, we hope to assist in establishing more clearly the relevance of linkurl:sociobiology; to the general principles of developmental biology and linkurl:systems theory.__; 2 - "Genetic Social Evolution" __The ultimate agent of linkurl:natural selection; at all levels is always the environment. The cell is the environment for the genes and organelles, while the world outside the organism is the environment for the organism and colony....

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Chapter 3 - "Sociogenesis"Chapter 5 - "The Division of Labor"Epilogue

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