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Failure to take into account this dual function of insect wings led to the famous
miscalculation proving that bees could not fly. The bee had been analyzed as a
helicopter. So it is with the fly. To stay airborne and move forward, the fly must
The first fruitful experimental approach to this problem began less than fifty years
ago with a very shrewd observation; namely, that flies (and bees and butterflies)
walked about in their food and constantly stuck out their tongues. The next time ...
Ants can be taught to run mazes, bees can be conditioned to certain colors. The
famous ant of Professor Wheeler of Harvard learned to wait for the good
professor to lift her up to the stage of his microscope, where there was food,
instead of ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Arseny - LibraryThing
Great book, and it reads surprisingly well. The only sign of age really is the use of pronouns (the scientist is always "he", even despite the fact that female science students are mentioned several ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
I thought that this book was hysterical. It is not the book for people wanted all the scientific facts about flies, although it does have some interesting tidbits along the way. Instead, it cheerfully ... Read full review