Sweetness & Light

Sweetness & Light

The Mysterious History of the Honeybee

Book - 2004
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"Sweetness and Light is the story of bees and honey from the Stone Age to the contemporary cutting edge; from Napalese honey hunters to urban hives on the rooftops of New York City. Honey is nature in a pot, gathered in by bees from many different environments - Zambian rain forests, midwestern prairies, Scottish moors, and thyme-covered Sicilian mountainsides, to name a few. But honey is much more than just a food, and bees are more than mere insects. The bee is the most studied creature on the planet next to man, and it and its products have been harnessed by doctors, philosophers, scientists, politicians, artists, writers, and architects throughout the ages as both metaphor and material." "Hattie Ellis interweaves social history, popular science, and traveler's tales into a buzzing chronological narrative. She explores the mysterious ways of bees, such as how they can make up to twenty-four thousand journeys to produce a single pound of honey, and she takes the lid off the hive to reveal as many as a hundred thousand bees living and working together in total discipline."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2004.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781400054053
Branch Call Number: 595.799 ELLIS H
Characteristics: 243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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rstucke35 Jan 08, 2013

Very insightful and interesting book. The author covers some of the science of the honey bee as well as the historical interaction of the human and the honey bee. The writing and editing of the book was very well done.


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