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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Naturalists in America tended to follow the debates in Europe with interest , but
generally did not actively engage in them , with a few exceptions . Buffon , near
the end of his life , had noted the prevalence of small species brought back to ...
He described the relations of species within a “ community of interest . ” While
later generations of ecologists expanded the meaning of the word " community "
to designate a carefully defined set of species in a given area , Forbes used this ...
During the war , he took a special interest in medicine , and when he returned to
civilian life , Forbes headed to Chicago to study at Rush Medical School . The
realities of medical school differed markedly from his experience in the field , and
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