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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The government biologist pointed out that nature was complex and that
complexity led to differences of opinion concerning predatory animals . Goldman
had seen firsthand how difficult it would be to unravel the combined influences of
His sketches of food webs were complex , reflecting the many relationships that
ecologists interested in the structure of communities must study . This and Elton's
other principles of animal ecology established relatively simple underlying ...
Systems ecology attracted scientists in the 1960s and beyond with a promise to
explain complex , large - scale biological communities . While ecosystem ecology
itself had advanced scientists ' methods of recognizing and even quantifying ...
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