Architects of the Underworld

Many Minds | 19 January 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Walter Tschinkel about his book Ant Architecture: The Wonder, Beauty, and Science of Underground Nests. Discusses the notion of ant colonies as superorganisms; how he developed his nest-casting technique; where the blueprint for an ant nest resides, whether ants might appreciate the beauty of their own nests; the scientific process – the joys of low-tech problem solving, the importance of negative results, and the pleasure of pursuing a good scientific mystery.

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