King Solomon's Ring by Konrad Lorenz

King Solomon's Ring is a zoological book for the general audience, written by the Austrian scientist Konrad Lorenz in 1949. The first English-language edition appeared in 1952. The book's title refers to the legendary Seal of Solomon, a ring that supposedly gave King Solomon the power to speak to animals. Lorenz claims that he likewise achieved this feat of communication with several species. He accomplished this by raising them in and around his home and observing their behavior. King Solomon's Ring describes the methods of his investigation, and his resulting findings about animal psychology. Lorenz's findings include the surprisingly refined social system of the common Eurasian jackdaw, the uncanny behavior and bodily features of the tiny water shrew, and the surprisingly complex interactions of seemingly unintelligent aquarium fish. He interlards his narrative with anecdotes based on his unusual methods, without which he could not have made many of his observations. King Solomon's Ring dispels several common misconceptions about animals' intelligence, but at the same time points out many of their similarities with humans, although some of these similarities come from speculative extrapolations (in fact, Lorenz has been criticized for excessive anthropomorphism). King Solomon's Ring also addresses the issue of keeping pets. Lorenz praises the benefits that a pet owner derives from his pet, however, he also describes the hazards that an animal can pose to the inhabitants and material contents of a house, and the ways in which a pet's captivity can make it miserable, and explains how to avoid each of these causes for discontent. A few of the findings it presents have found their way into common knowledge since its publication, such as the phenomenon of imprinting. As of 2005, it has been printed at least six times in English, and is still being published.

The 384th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The New York Public Library's Books of the Century (New York Public Library)

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King Solomon's ring: New light on animal ways (Harper Colophon books) Paperback 20279275 $3.92
[(King Solomon's Ring)] [By (author) Konrad Lorenz ] published on (September, 2002) Hardcover 9248066 $110.00 $127.09 2002
King Solomon's Ring (Routledge Classics) Hardcover 7355228 $95.00 $79.92 2002
King Solomon's Ring Mass Market Paperback 2921949 $24.99 $4.27 1972
By Konrad Lorenz - King Solomon's Ring: 2nd (second) Edition Paperback 9949960 $40.34 $8.35 2003
King Solomon's Ring: New Light on Animals' Ways Paperback 1688018 $66.35 $3.92 1997
King Solomon's Ring Mass Market Paperback 5965837 $1.99 1991
King Solomon's Ring (University Paperbacks) Paperback 9103563 $1.99
King Solomon's Ring: New Light on Animal Ways Hardcover 11103760 $11.99
King Solomon's Ring (Routledge Classics) Kindle Edition 420271 $14.37 2003
King Solomon's Ring: New Light on Animal Ways Paperback 177808 $13.95 $11.95 2020
King Solomons's Ring Hardcover 16779107 $98.00 1988
King Solomon's Ring Paperback 17172779 $1.90 1979
King Solomon's Ring (Routledge Classics) Kindle Edition 615817 $14.37 2003
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King Solomon's Ring Mass Market Paperback 11200011 $4.00 1972
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