“The Termitodoxa, or Biology and Society”

Title“The Termitodoxa, or Biology and Society”
Year for Search1920
AuthorsWheeler, William Morton(1865-1937)
Secondary TitleScientific Monthly
Volume / Edition10.2
Pagination113-24
Date PublishedFebruary 1920
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

While the purpose of the essay is the illumination of the way a termite colony functions, it is done so through a letter from “Wee-Wee 43rd Neotenic King of the 8429th Dynasty of the Bellicose Termites” who describes the eutopia that is the colony with some disparaging comments on human society.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in his Foibles of Insects and Men (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928), ; Essays in Philosophical Biology. Selected by Professor G. W. Parker (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1939), 71-88. 

Info Notes

Originally read at the Symposium of the American Society of Naturalists, Princeton Meeting, December 30, 1919. 

Holding Institutions

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Author Note

The author (1865-1937) was a well-known entomologist who taught at Harvard University for many years

Full Text

1920 Wheeler, William Morton (1865-1937). “The Termitodoxa, or Biology and Society.” Scientific Monthly 10.2 (February 1920): 113-24. Rpt. in his Foibles of Insects and Men (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928), ; Essays in Philosophical Biology. Selected by Professor G. W. Parker (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1939), 71-88. Originally read at the Symposium of the American Society of Naturalists, Princeton Meeting, December 30, 1919. PSt

While the purpose of the essay is the illumination of the way a termite colony functions, it is done so through a letter from “Wee-Wee 43rd Neotenic King of the 8429th Dynasty of the Bellicose Termites” who describes the eutopia that is the colony with some disparaging comments on human society. The author was a well-known entomologist who taught at Harvard University for many years.