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The Balance of Nature Ecology's Enduring Myth

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Publisher:Princeton University Press
Published In:2009
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.27 lbs
Pages:pp. 237

The Title "The Balance of Nature Ecology's Enduring Myth" is written by John Kricher. This book was published in the year 2009. The ISBN number 0691138982|9780691138985 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. This book has total of pp. 252 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Princeton University Press. We have about 7357 other great books from this publisher. The Balance of Nature Ecology's Enduring Myth is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

The idea of a balance of nature has been a dominant part of Western philosophy since before Aristotle, and it persists in the public imagination and even among some ecologists today. In this lively and thought-provoking book, John Kricher demonstrates that nature in fact is not in balance, nor has it ever been at any stage in Earth's history. He explains how and why this notion of a natural world in balance has endured for so long, and he shows why, in these times of extraordinary human influence on the planet's ecosystems, it is critical that we accept and understand that evolution is a fact of life, and that ecology is far more dynamic than we ever imagined.

The Balance of Nature traces the fascinating history of the science of ecology and evolutionary biology, from the discipline's early innovators to the advent of Darwin and evolution, to the brilliant and inquisitive scientific minds of today. Blending insights and entertaining stories from his own remarkable life in science, Kricher reveals how evolution is a powerful engine that drives ecological change, how nature is constantly in flux and, in effect, quite naturally out of balance - and how notions to the contrary are misguided and ultimately hazardous to us all.

The Balance of Nature forcefully argues that an understanding of the dynamic nature of ecology and evolution is essential to formulating policies of environmental ethics to guide humanity toward a more responsible stewardship of our planet's ecosystems.

About the Author

John Kricher is the A. Howard Meneely Professor of Biology at Wheaton College. His books include Galápagos : A Natural History and A Neotropical Companion (both Princeton).



CHAP. 1 : Why It Matters
CHAP. 2 : Of What Purpose Are Mosquitoes?
CHAP. 3 : Creating Paradigms
CHAP. 4 : Ecology B.C. ("Before Charles")
CHAP. 5 : Ecology A.D. ("After Darwin")
CHAP. 6 : The Twentieth Century : Ecology Comes of Age
CHAP. 7 : A Visit to Bodie : Ecological Space and Time
CHAP. 8 : Ecology and Evolution : Process and Paradigm
CHAP. 9 : Be Glad to Be an Earthling
CHAP. 10 : Life Plays the Lottery
CHAP. 11 : Why Global Climate Is New England Weather
CHAP. 12 : Taking It from the Top-or the Bottom
CHAP. 13 : F or the Love of Biodiversity (and Stable Ecosystems?)
CHAP. 14 : Facing Marley's Ghost