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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Buffon represented the approach to nature that John Ray had opposed . This
mechanistic approach fit neatly into the broader culture of French thinking at the
time , known as the Enlightenment . Buffon's writing ultimately became the most ...
... studies for several decades , their influence had waned by the late 1930s .
Ecologists remained uneasy about this loose formulation of the environment . As
Tansley had hoped , ecosystem studies soon became a more concrete approach
The most reasonable solution strategy combines these four separate approaches
as frameworks to a larger solution . Just as each approach faces limitations ,
each also offers a means of overcoming the limitations of the others . Where ...
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