How we think and what we see in the hive has changed, but the fact that honey is a wonderful and amazing substance has not changed. More specifically she so readily accepts, without critique, that worker bees aren't considered entirely female because they do not reproduce themselves more worker bees. A book not about bees, but about human attitudes to bees. Or a pointy bit at one side to get the lumpy bits in the corner of the pan? Wilson is married to the political scientist David Runciman and lives in Cambridge. Putting back the pieces of your shattered finances at 50 after the Great Recession of 2008 is next to impossible. A history on A look into the workings of the hive and how people used what they interpreted of these workings to coincide with their beliefs made this an interesting read. Indeed, ancient and medieval writers who regarded them as the model of chastity were closer to the truth, because very few of them do have sexual intercourse.
Human beings have, and continue to rely on bees finding something in their existence that enhances or reflects their own. However, this is a different sort of book, more about man's relationship with the bee than purely about beekeeping. Bees are fascinating anyway, so the subject was a good one, and as always with Wilson's books I continually found vignettes and facts that I just had to share with the people around me. Roman law trying to figure out whether honeybees were wild or tame, because a tame cow, if it strayed, was still yours, but a tame wolf that got away reverted to wild and freedom. There were some gross out moments here and there such is the nature of honey and its history but these were tempered by the scholarly work on this subject as a whole. Each new page brought a new revelation about human beings and bees. We fundamentally believe that becoming a B Corps® reminds us that we are part of a family of like-minded companies that seek to positively affect life outcomes for our customers.
It does include a fair amount of biological facts, and historical details about the use of honey and beeswax, but it has even more about the history of the ideas about the honeybee, because it has been quite popular there. Food and drink -- 5. It read as if it was a straightforward history, but has rather off-putting opinions stuck in at random, especially in regard to religions. Uncovering the secrets of the honeybee one by one, Ellis shows how this small insect, with a collective significance so much greater than its individual size, can carry us through past and present to tell us more about ourselves than any other living creature. We're taken on a guided tour of the hive itself and how honey bees organise their lives and space then we are shown the importance of bees and honey to human culture in both practical agriculture and health inspirational ideas used in architecture, gender relations and politics and symbolism the bee as a symbol of hard work and as a symbolic giver of life throughout our history. She admits to being afraid of bees.
If the reader would like to read my full review, they can follow the link to my site White Tower Musings: Maybe two and a half stars. The author is a food writer, and the best parts of this book are when she writes about honey's history and importance as a food or even as a medicine. While I disagree with the author's characterization of mead as an inferior drink that should not even be tried I love mead,and even brew it myself -- I did enjoy the history of the honey bee. It does include a fair amount of biological facts, and historical details about the use of honey and beeswax, but it has even more about the history of the ideas about the honeybee, because it has been quite popular there. No other creature has inspired in humans an identification so passionate, persistent, or fantastical.
Bees are fascinating anyway, so the subject was a good one, and as always with Wilson's books I continually found vignettes and fact Another fine example of Bee Wilson's wonderful ability both to fully research a topic and to present that research in a fascinating and readable way. Wilson writes with flair and wit about everything from Pliny to pollination; her love of honey in all its sheer sensuousness shines through' -- Scotsman 20061101 'Fascinating and readable. Bee Wilson's study of her namesake is both a history of ideas and an exploration of the bee's impact on food and ritual. No other creature has inspired in humans an identification so passionate, persistent, or fantastical. It ranges from the honey delta of ancient Egypt to the Tupelo forests of modern Florida, taking in a cast of characters including Alexander the Great and Napoleon, Sherlock Holmes and Muhammed Ali. As people conjectured how the bee colony went about its business, the ideas they had about the inner life of the hive were correlated to political, religious, and moral thinking of the times. I only found this book because I so enjoy Bee Wilson's writing.
Not a bad book, and certainly not badly written--I'm just less interested in human appropriation of bees which is really what this book is ab Maybe two and a half stars. In Sweetness and Light, Hattie Ellis leads us into the hive, revealing the fascinating story of bees and honey from the Stone Age to the present, from Nepalese honey hunters to urban hives on the rooftops of New York City. Wilson's book is one that I cannot recommend enough, because even if the reader is not a fan of bees, or perhaps afraid of them, this compels the reader to observe that almost every facet of society has at some point been influenced by honeybees and honey. It read as if it was a straightforward history, but has rather off-putting opinions stuck in at random, especially in regard to religions. In this beautifully illustrated book, Bee Wilson shows how humans will always view the hive as a miniature universe with order and purpose, and look to it to make sense of their own.
. But going through all that made me see how important it is to feel in control of your financial life, and it made me want to help others take control of theirs. The history of humans and honeybees is also a history of ideas, taking us through the evolution of science, religion, and politics, and a social history that explores the bee's impact on food and human ritual. She recently completed a research fellowship in the History of Ideas at St. What was surprising was her intense dislike of mead! First, I think the author needed to decide if she was putting herself in this book or not. The chapters titled Work, Sex, Politics, Food and Drink, Life and Death, the Beekeeper can stand alone and be read in almost any order, and they appeal to general readers of almost any age as well as novice beekeepers. This kind of ignorance is exactly what we beekeepers are fighting against all the time.
Occasionally in the book the author presents her opinion on a subject which I feel detracted from the otherwise professional tone of the book but were of interest nonetheless. The history of humans and honeybees is also a history of ideas, taking us through the evolution of science, religion, and politics, and a social history that explores the bee's impact on food and human ritual. Bees were the model of many virtues: industry, fidelity, chastity, obedience, unity, harmony, order. No other creature has inspired in humans an identification so passionate, persistent, or fantastical. Or if you do say it, don't draw attention to its needlessness. Arthropods as a group tend to suffer in relation to mankind because they are so dramatically different than us in terms of biology, but reading this book it's clear that honeybees are the exception to this hatred.
Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Subtitled The Story of the Honey Bee and Us, this is a fascinating look at the history of the human relationship with the honey bee. Vlot leest het sowieso al niet en als je ook nog eens het gevoel hebt dat steeds hetzelfde met nog meer argumenten herhaald wordt, raakt de fun er wat af. Ever since men first hunted for honeycomb in rocks and daubed pictures of it on cave walls, the honeybee has been seen as one of the wonders of nature: social, industrious, beautiful, terrifying. She's a good writer, and not afraid to let her sympathies show she hates mead. The historical events include both famous ones as well as many forgotten stories that the mists time have obscured.