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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choose not to rely upon the ancient philosophers for accurate accounts of nature .
He studied ... Ray believed that natural history provided a powerful means of
connecting beliefs about God and the creation of the world around him . Rather ...
As experimental sciences , chemistry and physics departed from the traditional
methods of natural history and natural philosophy . The study of the natural
environment lacked the level of control achieved in laboratories . Many life
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Anthony N. Penna provides a wealth of examples in book that can serve as a
useful reference on natural resource issues : Nature's Bounty : Historical and
Modern Environmental Perspectives ( Armonk , New York : M. E. Sharpe , 1999 ) .
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