A charismatic naturalist, bird-watcher, instructor, artist, photographer, film-maker, and winner of the Nobel Prize, Niko Tinbergen was once a favourite and influential scientist. together with Konrad Lorenz, he laid the root for a brand new technological know-how, the organic learn of animal behaviour. 'Ethology', and his expertise for devising behaviour-testing experiments, supplied an outlet for Niko's enthusiasm for gulls and sticklebacks, snow-buntings and foxes, wasps and falcons, and
This first full-length biography of Niko Tinbergen, lavishly illustrated with a lot of Niko's personal drawings, describes his history 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 together with his colleague and co-Nobelist Konrad Lorenz. those have been males filled with contrasts: Niko a captivating, self-effacing box guy and experimenter; Konrad a flamboyant and selfish German,
always packed with new rules. Niko's Nature is going directly to persist with Niko's development in Oxford after the second one international warfare, the place he turned the area authority at the behaviour of animals within the wild: his inspiring booklet The learn of intuition is still an all-time classic.
As a scientist Niko will regularly be recognized for the 4 essentially other ways within 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 value - serious and devastating depressions that have been to plague him all through his career.
In this interesting and fascinating tale, Niko's long-time pal and scholar Hans Kruuk argues that his impression as a scientist and naturalist used to be largely because of his abilities as a communicator, photographer, and film-maker. Niko's Nature is an intimate and insightful portrait of a rare figure.