The Environment and Science: Social Impact and Interaction
ABC-CLIO, 2005 - 299 páginas
The Environment and Science: Social Impact and Interaction explores the history of how science investigates nature and how those studies both shape and are shaped by the social attitudes, philosophies, and politics of their times. It follows the changes in perceptions of the natural world and humankind's place in it from the European colonization of North America through the Industrial Revolution and westward expansion, to the rise of the consumer economy and the recent hardening of the ideological battle lines over environmental policy.
Coverage includes the emergence of ecology as a science and conservation as a movement, the long history of conflicts between business interests and environmentalists, and the role of scientific studies in debates over atomic and nuclear power, pesticides, toxic emissions, and other human-made sources of environmental degradation.
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Charles Darwin was among the earliest to embrace ice ages as an explanation
for change in the natural world , even while Lyell continued to reject them .
Darwin's Search for Explanations Perhaps Lyell's greatest contribution was his
Darwin personally attended to every step , from collecting to preserving , and for
each specimen he wrote a careful description . He accompanied many of his
descriptions with sketches . He filled his notebooks with details about where each
many of the leading scientists of society he met before he left , including Henslow
and Lyell . Darwin collected and preserved 1,529 species in jars , and prepared
another 3,907 dried specimens of fossils , skins , bones , birds , and corals .
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