New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, c2008.
Uses the enigma of whale sounds to examine the question of whether we can ever truly understand nonhuman minds.
LibraryThing member nmele
I did not find this book about whale songs and sounds as gripping as Rothenberg's but the CD of his jams with whales is just as amazing as the CD of his jams with birds. The book includes a lot more personal story and a lot less science, probably because we know much more about birds than we do about whales. What facts Rothenberg relates are fascinating, however, and the music is worth the price of the book.
LibraryThing member stono_dolphin
It's a surprisingly well-written book by a non-marine mammal expert. I have to say that David Rothenberg did a steller job interviewing many of the well known cetacean researchers and presented facts and arguments in a non-distorted way. After reading too many media coverage on marine mammal studies by main-stream media that are usually so way off the facts, I consider this one of the best books if you want to have a grasp about cetacean bioacoustics from the lay person's point of view. However, I do not consider the way he did the playback to whales just to see how animals would response to the noise (or music) brings much merit to the discussion of the importance of underwater sound to these animals.
CD included in book