An Immense World

How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

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Publisher Description

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 Daily

ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Time, Publishers Weekly, BookPage
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, Kirkus Reviews

The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every kind of animal, including humans, is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of our immense world.

In An Immense World, Ed Yong coaxes us beyond the confines of our own senses, allowing us to perceive the skeins of scent, waves of electromagnetism, and pulses of pressure that surround us. We encounter beetles that are drawn to fires, turtles that can track the Earth’s magnetic fields, fish that fill rivers with electrical messages, and even humans who wield sonar like bats. 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, that plants thrum with the inaudible songs of courting bugs, and that even simple scallops have complex vision. We learn what bees see in flowers, what songbirds hear in their tunes, and what dogs smell on the street. We listen to stories of pivotal discoveries in the field, while looking ahead at the many mysteries that remain unsolved.

Funny, rigorous, and suffused with the joy of discovery, An Immense World takes us on what Marcel Proust called “the only true voyage . . . not to visit strange lands, but to possess other eyes.”

FINALIST FOR THE KIRKUS PRIZE • FINALIST FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2022
June 21
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
464
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
30.6
MB

Customer Reviews

0e.0we. ,

My new favorite book

I think this is my favorite book ever. It’s fascinating start to finish and I enjoy the author’s writing style. Even though it is nonfiction it’s hard to put down. I recommend it to family and friends regularly and can’t help sharing interesting tidbits I’ve learned from my reading.

DaveMuth ,

A great, fun read.

This is also a great, eye-opening, mind-blowing book.

TONS of top-notch research, yet easy and fun to read.

juliusa ,

Eh

Well written, but info you can find in sky good newspaper or magazine. Not worth the read. Rather boring.

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