Mates and Accomplices

How nature backs partnership

Original Title: Kumpel und Komplizen

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 368 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-10338-8
€ 25.00 [D] | € 25.70 [A] | CHF 35.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: C. Bertelsmann

Date of publication: September 9, 2019
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Volker  Arzt - Mates and Accomplices


Cooperation instead of competition – nature’s successful survival formula

Is fair partnership more than just a vision?

"Homo homini lupus" – according to the famous saying by Thomas Hobbes, human beings are wolves as far as other humans are concerned, intent only on their own advantage. In the animal world there are countless examples of aggression and food jealousy, greed and cruelty. And yet within their pack wolves are controlled by rules and consideration towards others. The plant world, too, is full of symbiosis deals that profit both sides.

The author examines the phenomenon of cooperation in nature and illustrates his ideas with many examples from the latest research.


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