By Hans Kruuk,Niko Tinbergen
This first full-length biography of Niko Tinbergen, lavishly illustrated with lots of Niko's personal drawings, describes his heritage in Holland, a naturalists' paradise, and the beginnings of his investigations into the behaviour of birds, fish, and bugs. Hans Kruuk additionally explores is Niko's dating along with his colleague and co-Nobelist Konrad Lorenz. those have been males choked with contrasts: Niko a captivating, self-effacing box guy and experimenter; Konrad a flamboyant and selfish German,
always filled with new rules. Niko's Nature is going directly to stick to Niko's development in Oxford after the second one international conflict, the place he grew to become the area authority at the behaviour of animals within the wild: his inspiring e-book The learn of intuition is still an all-time classic.
As a scientist Niko will continually be identified for the 4 essentially other ways during which he requested the query 'why does an animal do this?' those questions, approximately body structure, improvement, evolution, and serve as, turned often called 'Tinbergen's 4 whys'. yet Niko's successes got here at a cost - critical and devastating depressions that have been to plague him all through his career.
In this interesting and interesting tale, Niko's long-time buddy and scholar Hans Kruuk argues that his effect as a scientist and naturalist was once largely as a result of his abilities as a communicator, photographer, and film-maker. Niko's Nature is an intimate and insightful portrait of a unprecedented figure.