A mild-mannered and sometimes controversial biologist/naturalist whose passionate, penetrating study of ants led him to sweeping conclusions about the systemic workings of nature.
His early books include The Insect Societies, Sociobiology: A New Synthesis, and On Human Nature. His 1998 book, Consilience, championed cross-fertilization between the sciences and even the humanities in order to achieve ultimate knowledge. He is blind in one eye, yet despite the lack of stereoscopy once wrote a singular, well-received, three-dimensional novel called, well, Anthill. You know what you know.