The Story of Rats: Their Impact on Us, and Our Impact on Them

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Allen & Unwin, 2001 - 202페이지
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.
 

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THE STORY OF RATS: Their Impact on Us, and Our Impact on Them

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Everything you always wanted to know about Rattus norvegicus and its kin but were too squeamish to ask.Those whose skin crawls in the presence of rodents should be glad they don't live in southern ... 전체 리뷰 읽기

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An interesting overview of the history of rats. Covers topics such as plague, lab use and as pets. It's a brief, but interesting read. 전체 리뷰 읽기

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Naming and Taming
14
All Fall Down
24
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
51
Do Rats Think?
64
Are Rats Gluttons?
91
All in Their Genes?
115
Rat Societies
128
THE BLINDNESS OF RESEARCH
147
Social Life and Death
164
Nature and Human Nature
173
Notes on sources
186
Index
196
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14 페이지 - When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master — that's all.
33 페이지 - The glories of our blood and state Are shadows, not substantial things ; There is no armour against fate ; Death lays his icy hand on kings : Sceptre and crown Must tumble down, And in the dust be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
91 페이지 - From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty; As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint : our natures do pursue (Like rats that ravin down their proper bane) A thirsty evil ; and when we drink, we die.
38 페이지 - I walk, every body talking of this dead, and that man sick, and so many in this place, and so many in that. And they tell me that, in Westminster, there is never a physician and but one apothecary left, all being dead ; but that there are great hopes of a great decrease this week : God send it!
5 페이지 - His informant, the Rev. Mr. Ferryman, walking out in some meadows one evening, " observed a great number of Rats in the act of migrating from one place to another, which it is known they are in the habit of doing occasionally. He stood perfectly still, and the whole assemblage passed close to him. His astonishment...
89 페이지 - The centipede was happy quite Until a toad in fun Said, "Pray, which leg goes after which?" That worked her mind to such a pitch She lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run!
v 페이지 - Mr Speaker, I smell a rat; I see him forming in the air and darkening the sky; but I'll nip him in the bud.
34 페이지 - I reduced these things to writing ; and lest the writing should perish with the writer, and the work fail together with the workman, I leave parchment for continuing the work, if happily any man survive, and any of the race of Adam escape this pestilence, and continue the work which I have commenced.
5 페이지 - These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth ; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind, 30 And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.
5 페이지 - Walking out in some meadows one evening, he observed a great number of rats migrating from one place to another. He stood perfectly still, and the whole assemblage passed close to him. His astonishment, however, was great when he saw amongst the number an old blind rat, which held a piece of stick at one end in its mouth, while another had hold of the other end of it, and thus conducted its blind companion.

저자 정보 (2001)

Tony Barnett has written a number of books, both academic and for the general public. He has many years of science broadcasting experience and appears regularly on the ABC Science Show. His first job was working on the London underground during the Blitz, where rat-born diseases were a major problem. After the war he worked as an adviser to the Indian government on controlling rats before becoming a professor of biology at the ANU in Canberra.

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