NOVA "Lord of the Ants" on WXXI-TV

NOVA "Lord of the Ants" on WXXI-TV

Tue, 08/10/2010 - 8:00pm
E.O. Wilson on “Monkey Island” in Puerto Rico, where the seeds for his seminal book, Sociobiology, were sewn.

Credit: Jason Hendriksen

A portrait of scientist E.O. Wilson, architect of the controversial discipline called sociobiology and a driving force for worldwide conservation.

Every so often a giant emerges on the stage of science, someone who transcends the narrow boundaries of a particular line of research and alters our perspective on the world. E.O. Wilson is such a man. While studying ants, Wilson struggled to comprehend the evolutionary forces that led workers to forage and soldiers to fight; in doing so, he became the architect of a controversial new discipline: sociobiology. His appreciation of the natural world has been a driving force for his worldwide conservation efforts. Wilson is an icon of our times: a lord of the ants who sought to explain nature on earth ... and who now fights for its survival.

NOVA "Lord of the Ants" airs Tuesday, August 10 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science and technology, and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

This program is offered with Descriptive Video (DVi), which provides concise descriptions of the sets, scenery, costumes, action, and other important visual elements between the dialogue of the program.