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Periodical Cicadas and the Abundance of Time (2023)


The life cycle of periodical cicadas, like the scientists who have studied them, is characterized by periods of long waiting punctuated with spectacular bouts of activity. In remarkable synchrony, every thirteen or seventeen years—depending on the species and the locatio —billions of nymphs crawl from the ground and embark on a relatively short adult life span of three to four weeks. This paper traces three pulses in the scientific study of periodical cicadas, as researchers sought to determine the geographical range of the broods, the number and biological identity of the species found in each brood, and the relationship between the individual and the swarm. Together these threads of research highlight the historical significance of mass collaboration in the scientific study of these charismatic animals and the surprisingly entangled affective relations between human and insect.

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Authors & Contributors
Antonello, Alessandro
Callender, Craig
Ceccatti, John S.
Engels, Jens Ivo
Langanke, Martin
Radin, Joanna M.
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Social Studies of Science
Historical Records of Australian Science
History of the Human Sciences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
Cornell University Press
Oregon State University Press
University of Chicago Press
Time perception
Hennig, Willi
Shakespeare, William
Wiener, Norbert
Ehrlich, Paul
Remington, Charles Lee
Stroud, John
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
United States
Ottoman Empire

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