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The Story of Rats : Their Impact on Us, and Our Impact on Them - S. Anthony Barnett

The Story of Rats

Their Impact on Us, and Our Impact on Them


Published: 21st December 2012
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More than the story of how people and rats live together, this book takes a serious and intriguing look at science and scientists, the problems they solve and fail to solve, and the scope and imperfections of our scientific knowledge of the world. It answers questions such as: Are rats still a threat to human health? Do rats think? Is it true that wild rats sometimes die, unwounded, from social stress? Can studies of rat societies tell us anything useful about our own social lives? This compelling historical and social study will capture the interest of all readers???from those fascinated by rats to those who cringe???by explaining the delicate and sometimes volatile impacts humans and rats have had on each other over the centuries and into the modern age.

IllustrationsPrefacePART 1: Histories1 Tales of Rats2 Naming and Taming3 All Fall DownPART 2: Questions and Answers4 A Battle of Wits?5 Do Rats Think?6 Are Rats Gluttons?7 All in Their Genes?8 Rat SocietiesPART 3: The Blindness of Research9 Population Explosions10 Social Life and Death11 Nature and Human NatureGlossaryNotes on sourcesReferencesIndex

ISBN: 9781741151084
ISBN-10: 1741151082
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 21st December 2012
Edition Number: 1