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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Plant and animal ecologists worked together in establishing their science
intellectually and professionally , yet they failed to unite their studies in the early
twentieth century . Plant ecology remained closely linked to botany and
This and Elton's other principles of animal ecology established relatively simple
underlying notions of how ecologists could understand otherwise bewilderingly
complex communities of organisms . Managing Nature While ecologists
Carolus Linnaeus established a classification system in order to understand the
order of nature . He hoped this order would reveal the system of God's creation .
At the same time , he went beyond the mere descriptions of previous naturalists
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