Closer to Beast Than Angel
Frans de Waal considers three new books about whether humans are exceptional....
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982), compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. His scientific work has been published in hundreds of technical articles in journals such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and outlets specialized in animal behavior. His popular books — translated into 20 languages — have made him one of the world's most visible primatologists. His latest book is Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are? (Norton, 2016). De Waal is C. H. Candler Professor in the Psychology Department of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, he was selected by Time as one of The Worlds’ 100 Most Influential People Today.