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Ecological understanding / Steward T.A. Pickett, Jurek Kolasa, Clive G. Jones
Bib ID 385365
Format BookBook
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Pickett, Steward T., 1950-
 
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Description San Diego : Academic Press, c1994 
xiii, 206 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 012554720X (acid-free paper)
Summary

Ecology is an historical science in which theories can be as difficult to test as they are to devise. Ecological Understanding, intended for ecologists and evolutionary biologists, reviews ecological theories and how they are generated, evaluated, and categorized. Synthesizing a vast and sometimes labyrinthine collection of literature, this book is a useful entry into the scientific philosophy of ecology and natural history. The need for integration of the contributions to theory made by different disciplines is a central theme, and the authors demonstrate that only through such integration will advances in ecological theory be possible. Ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and other serious students of natural history will find this book an invaluable addition to their academic library.

Full contents
  • Pt. I. Advancing the Discipline and Enhancing Applications. Ch. 1. Integration in Ecology. Ch. 2. Understanding in Ecology
  • Pt. II. The Nature of Theory. Ch. 3. The Anatomy of Theory. Ch. 4. The Ontogeny of Theory. Ch. 5. The Taxonomy of Theory
  • Pt. III. From Theory to Integration and Application. Ch. 6. Fundamental Questions: Changes in Understanding. Ch. 7. Integration and Synthesis
  • Pt. IV. Theory and Its Environment. Ch. 8. Constraint and Objectivity in Ecological Integration. Ch. 9. Ecological Understanding and the Public.
 
Notes

"The nature of theory and the theory of nature."

Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-201) and index.

Subjects Ecology -- Philosophy.  |  Ecology -- Methodology.
Other authors/contributors Kolasa, Jurek  |  Jones, Clive G

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