By René Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur. Translated by William Morton Wheeler. Price, not stated. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 501 Madison Ave., New York 22, 1926.
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It would be a marvelous but perhaps disconcerting thing if ants were in the position to watch human behavior and activities. From very ancient times men have studied the habits of bees, ants, and grasshoppers, and have drawn lessons usually full of artifacts, with their own personal errors built in. A remarkable thing about papers that deal with ants is that they give us opportunities to compare our own society and modes of activity and accomplishments with what the ants can do. This is particularly true at a time when on all sides we see the great increase in power of the central government of the state, particularly the autocratic control of communism and the spread of the doctrine of Marx as modified by Lenin.
Wheeler astonishes us by his skill in finding an ancient manuscript hidden in out of the way French archives, long forgotten by the biologists of
Bean WB. The Natural History of Ants. Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(5):637-638. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620170135032