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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Particularly perplexing were those “ species ” that resembled so closely the forms
of living things . Commonly known as fossils , there was no explanation for the
resemblance . Explorers had collected an astonishing array of fossil forms with ...
Buffon's writing ultimately became the most significant description of nature in
Enlightenment literature . It seems somewhat surprising to find Linnaeus and
Buffon differing so markedly in their approach to studies of the natural world ,
living at ...
Glossary abiotic factors components of the environment that are not living but
contribute significantly to the cycling of nutrients and flow of energy in an
ecosystem . acid neutralizing capacity the ability for soils to act as a buffer against
acid rain ...
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