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An Immense World
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us | Ed Yong
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A grand tour through the hidden world of animal senses that will transform the way you perceive the world--from a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 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 but a tiny sliver of an immense world. This book welcomes us into a previously unfathomable dimension--the world as it is truly perceived by other animals. We encounter beetles that are drawn to fires (and fireworks), songbirds that can see the Earth's magnetic fields, and brainless jellyfish that nonetheless have complex eyes. We discover that a crocodile's scaly face is as sensitive as a lover's fingertips, that the planet's biggest eyes evolved to see sparkling whales, and that even fingernail-sized spiders can make out the craters of the moon. We meet people with unusual senses, from women who can make out extra colours to blind individuals who can navigate using reflected echoes like bats. Yong tells the stories of pivotal discoveries in the field, and also looks ahead at the many mysteries which lie unsolved. In An Immense World, author and famed science journalist Ed Yong coaxes us beyond the confines of our own senses, allowing us to begin to perceive the skeins of scent, waves of electromagnetism and pulses of pressure that surround us. Because in order to understand our world, we have not to travel to other places, but to see through other eyes.
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TheKidUpstairs
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❄️ Getting out after a snowfall and seeing the trees all dressed in white

☃️ All I want for Christmas is the first female director for Encouragement.

📚 the tagged, and Shakespeare and Co by Sylvia Beach

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vivastory
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Anyone planning on participating in Nonfiction November? I set a goal a handful of nf books last November & if I recall correctly I ended up reading around 6, including graphic memoirs. I would like to read at least 3 & plan on having a small pile with options for graphic memoir, true crime, essays & a nature book.

vivastory (Image taken from Google Images) 1mo
BookNAround Most of my November bookspin is going to be NF but I rarely follow my bookspin list so who knows if I‘ll actually end up doing it. 😂 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Ooh! I shall arrange my Nov bookspin accordingly... 1mo
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vivastory @BookNAround I'm a big mood reader & lately my concentration has been pretty shoddy, so I've been focusing on shorter form works like essays, stories and poetry. I'm hoping that nf November will help rejuvenate some of my reading focus 1mo
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead 👏👏 I look forward to your stacks! I'm going to be posting mine once I get the books from the library over the next few days 1mo
Soubhiville I love nonfiction November! I usually read quite a few, I think I had about 6 last year as well. 1mo
vivastory @Soubhiville You have some good selections lined up! 📚📚 1mo
SamAnne I have a few in the queue! 1mo
vivastory @SamAnne Looking forward to your posts! 1mo
Deblovestoread I have 9 nonfiction choices on my November BookSpin list. My reading is all over the place lately so hope some of them stick. 1mo
vivastory @Deblovestoread You have some great ones on your list! Empire is a bit too big for my concentration at the moment but I think I'm going to add PR Keefe's latest to my list of potentials 1mo
Deblovestoread Rogues is good and can be read in small doses. 1mo
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Floresj
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Excellent, interesting, well researched, cheeky, readable and informative- this book by Yong explores a wide variety of animals and how they sense the world. Each chapter explores a different sense like hearing, echolocation, electric fields, UV rays, touch, seismic waves, etc. It changed how I‘ll teach the electromagnetic spectrum to my high school class. Great book!

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encinarus
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This book was an amazing look at the world of senses that animals have. I couldn't possibly do it justice, but one passage jumped out at me more than others: that the platypus has electro sensors in its bill that it uses for detecting hidden food. My friends were subscribed to animal facts as I read them, leading 4 of them to go and get the book themselves. If you've wondered how your pet perceives things, you'll learn that and a whole lot more.

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encinarus
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This book has been mind blowing, finding out about the senses and hidden worlds in our own, but this one really got me this morning. The idea that cats might be getting low to sense prey? (Unlike most of what this book covers, this part is a guess, other content is strongly supported with research, but this is plausible enough that now I'll keep an eye out for research!)

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I loved I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong‘s book about the microbiome, so I had to try his newest even though the subject wasn‘t as exciting to me. An Immense World is a dizzying tour through daily life on our planet through the vastly different senses of animals. A great reminder that our view of the world is but a fragment of the picture. I do wish Yong had done more editorializing as sometimes I got lost in the science but definitely worth reading!

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Ann_Reads
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Described in great detail, Yong tackles the question of how different animals experience the world. The book is not about which species has 'the best' eyesight or sense of smell, nor is it a direct comparison with human senses. Instead, it is about how animals perceive their environment and have adapted their senses to help them survive. Yong backs up his information with scientific studies and a dose of humor.
#192025 #2022 #sciencerocks

AllDebooks I need this 😁 3mo
Ann_Reads @AllDebooks I hope you get an opportunity to read it soon. 🙂🕷🏵 There are some really fun photos at the end of the book. 3mo
AllDebooks @Ann_Reads I was going to use my Audible credit but think I'll wait and get the book. Thanks for the photo tip 😀 3mo
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📚 Tagged! Amazing book, I highly recommend it to everyone, no matter your interest in science or nature.
📚 I learned so much from this book, it changed the way I view nature and the animals in it.
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3mo
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Ann_Reads
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Well, I'll never think of Pride and Prejudice the same way again! 😲 😃
#pemberlittens #sciencerocks #nonfiction

rwmg 🧐😯 3mo
DivineDiana 😲 3mo
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RamsFan1963
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105/150 What an amazing book!! This book will give you a whole new appreciation of nature and the animals within it, you will definitely see it differently. It's kind of humbling, as humans we think we're the top of the evolutionary ladder, but its mind boggling all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes we never experience that other animals do on a day to day basis. Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️

RamsFan1963 Ed Yong writes with humor and insight, whether he's discussing a majestic blue whale or the annoying mosquito. He's going on my auto-add author list. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1st book finished for #AwesomeAugust @Andrew65 4mo
Ann_Reads Wow, high praise! I have this on hold through the library and am so glad to see positive comments about it here. (I really liked I Contain Multitudes.) 4mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4mo
RamsFan1963 @Ann_Reads I haven't read I Contain Multitudes, but after reading this I'm a big Yong fan so I'll definitely see if I can get it from Libby. 4mo
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I knew I would love this book. I did not know it would end up on my all time favorite list. It‘s absolutely fantastic! Ed Yong explores the world of animal senses, showing what the world is like for those animals. It‘s just wonderful and I hope it gets widely read. Yong is an incredible writer.

Soubhiville I learned so much from this book. It really is remarkable. I have Multitudes on my TBR, eventually I‘ll get to it 🙂 4mo
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville It‘s really good, WAY better than a book about body bacteria could ever be expected to be! Which is how I knew Yong was so good. Thank you SO much for gifting me this one! 4mo
Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I‘m glad you loved it. 4mo
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Soubhiville
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Finally get around to posting my July wrap up. A couple of already returned library books aren‘t pictured.

Best of the month were Legends and Lattes, Recursion, A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, The Prophets, and An Immense World. Lots of good reads this month!

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Megabooks
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In my favorite science writing of the year so far, Yong immerses you in the world of various animals and their senses. From the seismic sensors of an elephant to an internal magnetic compass in whales to electric sensors on many fish species, the world is indeed far more immense that we realize. He writes about the five classic senses in animals, too, including fascinating bits on enhanced color vision in birds. Great end to July with another 5⭐️!

Megabooks Three 5⭐️ books almost makes up for finishing Acts of Service!! 🤣🤣 In all seriousness, thank you @Soubhiville for moving this up my TBR! 💜👍🏻 4mo
Cinfhen The cover alone is worth 5 stars 🤩 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen facts! 4mo
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squirrelbrain That‘s a cuuuute cover! 4mo
Soubhiville Wasn‘t it fantastic? I need to read his other book. I‘m glad you loved it too. 4mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain yes!!! 🤩🤩 4mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville I‘ve read his one on the microbiome. While it was interesting (and worth checking out), I enjoyed this more. 👍🏻👍🏻 4mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville I had to go back 6 years and found I gave it 4.5⭐️! Megabooks's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/eHBNMjRLdjNx 4mo
Soubhiville It‘s fun looking back at old reviews like that sometimes 🙂. I‘ve added it to my audio TBR. Thanks! 4mo
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SamAnne
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Friend gifted me a flat of apricots as a thank you for my help advocating for his farm, threatened w/ being divided. Audio-canning, jam & apricot-rum sauce! I loved Yong‘s We Contain Multitudes. The topic is right up my alley but I wish I‘d done print. I have background on the subject and could have skimmed parts.. Yong narrates & his voice grates on me. Authors should leave narration to the professionals unless they have a real gifted voice.

SamAnne The book is about sensory abilities in animals, a fascinating topic and I‘m enjoying what I‘m learning. But would have been better in print. 5mo
Lindy I‘m starting this audiobook today. Hope it‘s better for me than you. 😊 5mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Soubhi! You‘re so awesome! What a wonderful birthday gift! I love it all and am especially excited to dive into the Yong (as soon as I get home next week). You always gift me the best bookmarks and these stickers were basically made for me. I was side-eyeing the candies a little, but I tried them and really like them! Thank you so, so much. You really made me smile.

AmyG Hope you are having a nice birthday 🥳 5mo
TrishB Cool ♥️ happy birthday 🎉🎉 5mo
squirrelbrain Wow, such an amazing gift package! ❤️❤️ 5mo
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Megabooks What a wonderful birthday package!! 5mo
vivastory What a wonderful package! Pew is great! 5mo
Soubhiville Happy Birthday! I‘m happy you like everything. I listened to An Immense World on audio and loved it. I hope your trip is wonderful and that you‘re having a perfect day. 🥰 5mo
Soubhiville Oh the candy, I got some on impulse a few weeks ago and it‘s my new favorite. I know it seems like a strange combo but I love a mix of sweet/salty/tangy. Glad you like them 😂. 5mo
shanaqui Ooh, I liked a previous book by Ed Yong, I think? Enjoy! And happy birthday. 5mo
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Soubhiville
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This was completely fascinating. Non fiction about how we and other creatures perceive the world. It‘s about the senses humans have plus others we don‘t- such as electrical and magnetic. The idea that creatures have the same receptors for information that we have but on different body parts, and that some have many we don‘t have at all or some we don‘t understand yet.

My mind was blown by the description of dogs‘ smelling sense and how ⬇️

Soubhiville differently they perceive the world than how we do. 5mo
Soubhiville If you‘re interested at all in the science of the natural and animal world, I‘d highly recommend reading this. It will be at the top of my best-of list this year! 5mo
Addison_Reads This sounds excellent! Stacking. 5mo
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SamAnne There was a good interview with him on Terry Gross Fresh Air he past couple of weeks. I loved his previous book We Contain Multitudes and really looking forward to this one too. 5mo
Megabooks I‘m on the list at the library! Even more excited after your review. 😁💜 5mo
DrexEdit Really looking forward to this one! 5mo
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