An Immense World
How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us (THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER)
A grand tour through the hidden realms of animal senses that will transform the way you perceive the world - from Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of I Contain Multitudes.
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'Wonderful, mind-broadening... a journey to alternative realities as extraordinary as any you'll find in science fiction' The Times, Book of the Week
Enter a new dimension - the world as it is truly perceived by other animals.
The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving only a tiny sliver of an immense world. This book welcomes us into previously unfathomable dimensions - the world as it is truly perceived by other animals.
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 humans that wield sonar like bats. We discover that a crocodile's scaly face is as sensitive as a lover's fingertips, 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 which lie unsolved.
Ed Yong coaxes us beyond the confines of our own senses, allowing us to perceive the threads of scent, waves of electromagnetism and pulses of pressure that surround us. Because in order to understand our world we don't need to travel to other places; we need to see through other eyes.
'A stunning achievement - steeped in science but suffused with magic'
Siddhartha Mukherjee, author The Emperor of All Maladies
'Magnificent - an unbelievably immersive and mind-blowing account of how other animals experience our world'
Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals
'A delightful sensory experience: to see the world through the touch-vision of a scallop, to taste through the feet of a mosquito and hear through the feet of an elephant'
Gaia Vince, author of Transcendence
Praise for An Immense World
Every page finds the reader mouthing quiet whoa's, as the world she thought she knew opens out into a hundred others, improbable, strange, and fabulous.Mary Roach, author of Fuzz and Stiff
A cornucopia of wonders... a fascinating reminder of the humbling truth that most of what happens among life forms on Earth is beyond our kenDavid Quammen, author of Spillover
A journal of discovery and animal magic, a sensory exploration that is a joy to readSusan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief
A whirlwind tour of animal perceptual abilities. A magnificent bookFrans de Waal, author of Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist
Magnificent - an unbelievably immersive and mind-blowing account of how other animals experience our worldPeter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals
An expansive, constantly revelatory exploration of the biosphere's sensorium... Ed Yong is my favourite contemporary science writerWilliam Gibson, author of Neuromancer and The Peripheral
An Immense World took my hand and brought me on a journey I'll never forget. After reading this book, I'll never look at our planet the same way againClint Smith, author of How the Word is Passed
I love this book. Reading it is a delightful sensory experience... I truly enjoyed Yong's adventures in Wonderland!Gaia Vince, author of Transcendence
A magic well of surprising, enlightening discoveries about the sensory worlds of other species... A brilliant book, marvellous and mesmerizingJennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds
A stunning achievement - steeped in science but suffused with magicSiddhartha Mukherjee, author The Emperor of All Maladies
Like stepping into a new kind of Alice in Wonderland. The perfect mixture of revelation, curiosity, science, beautiful prose and buckets full of wondersAndrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
A delight... it prompts a radical rethink about the limits of what we know - what the world is, even. It is quite a book. And, I felt, putting it down, quite a worldSunday Times
Full of extraordinary discoveries... an encyclopaedic, rigorously researched journey... recasts the world in breath-taking, bewildering immensityDaily Telegraph
A tour of places that are, in essence, unknowable... Yet Yong...proves an outstanding guide... Beautifully written and painstakingly researched... this fantastic book leaves you wondering what else is left to be discoveredThe Times, *Book of the Week*
Both eye-opening and humblingRadio Times
Remarkable... a delight, a book that prompts awe at the world around usSunday Times, *Summer Reads of 2022*
Yong succeeds in bringing a sense of grandeur to life on every scaleFinancial Times
A tour of our own world as we may never experience itGeography, *Book of the Month*
A wonderful, wonder-full bookLiterary Review
Ed Yong's fascinating new book on the complex behaviours of creatures uncovers a universe of unfathomable beauty... Not since Oliver Morton's masterpiece of popular science Eating the Sun (2007) has a book so persuasively made the case that the Earth is greater than we knowNew Statesman
This book will reignite your sense of wonder and appreciation for our amazing planetWoman's Own Magazine
A hymn to the wonders of evolution... fascinatingMail on Sunday