Einstein's Bee Proof

Ethnobeeology    February 12, 2016

Einstein's Bee Proof. 

Einstein wrote "If we look at...a flower which sends its sweet smell to the pollinating bees...we can see that we all dance to a mysterious tune" (quoted in William Hermanns' book 'Einstein and the Poet: In Search of the Cosmic Man' 1983). Einstein also wrote "It is evident, therefore, that the dependence of the individual upon society is a fact of nature.......just as in the case of ants and bees" (from his essay "Why Socialism" in the 'Monthly Review' (May 1949). The "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination ... no more men" quote has been misattributed to Einstein - so far no proof exists that he wrote or made this prediction.

Harvard scientist and author Edward O. Wilson once wrote, "People need insects to survive, but insects do not need us. If all humankind were to disappear tomorrow, it is unlikely that a single insect species would go extinct.....but if insects were to vanish, the terrestrail environment would collapse into chaos." The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth pages 33-34. 2006. Wilson and others have written about what would happen with the loss of insects, which are the majority of terrestrial biomass in many areas.

Saint Ambrose, patron saint of Beekeeping (Memorial)


This weekend was the memorial for Saint Ambrose, patron saint of beekeeping, bees, hives, and candle-making.

There is a legend that as an infant, a swarm of bees settled on his face while he lay in his cradle, leaving behind a drop of honey. His father considered this a sign of his future eloquence and honeyed tongue. For this reason, bees and beehives often appear in the saint's symbology. 

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