skip to content
The balance of nature : ecology's enduring myth Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The balance of nature : ecology's enduring myth

Author: John C Kricher
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
"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  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John C Kricher
ISBN: 9780691138985 0691138982
OCLC Number: 268547410
Description: xi, 237 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Why it matters --
Of what purpose are mosquitoes? --
Creating paradigms --
Ecology B.C. ("before Charles") --
Ecology A.D. ("after Darwin") --
The twentieth century : ecology comes of age --
A visit to Bodie : ecological space and time --
Ecology and evolution : process and paradigm --
Be glad to be an Earthling --
Life plays the lottery --
Why global climate is like New England weather --
Taking it from the top or the bottom --
For the love of biodiversity (and stable ecosystems?) --
Facing Marley's ghost.
Responsibility: John Kricher.
More information:

Abstract:

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. This book  Read more...

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

"The author conveys his message in a clear writing style without using highly technical concepts or terminology."--B.R. Shmaefsky, Choice "Kricher's book is of interest to environmental historians Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.

Similar Items

Related Subjects:(7)

User lists with this item (8)

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/268547410> # The balance of nature : ecology's enduring myth
    a schema:Book, schema:CreativeWork ;
   library:oclcnum "268547410" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nju> ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796032393#Place/princeton> ; # Princeton
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796032393#Topic/naturfilosofi> ; # Naturfilosofi
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2009124044> ; # Ecology--History
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1060845> ; # Philosophy of nature
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/577/e22/> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796032393#Topic/ekologi_historia> ; # Ekologi--historia
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85040755> ; # Ecology--Philosophy
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/901514> ; # Ecology--Philosophy
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796032393#Topic/ekologi_filosofi> ; # Ekologi--filosofi
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/901476> ; # Ecology
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:copyrightYear "2009" ;
   schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/111157859> ; # John C. Kricher
   schema:datePublished "2009" ;
   schema:description ""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"--Publisher description."@en ;
   schema:description "Why it matters -- Of what purpose are mosquitoes? -- Creating paradigms -- Ecology B.C. ("before Charles") -- Ecology A.D. ("after Darwin") -- The twentieth century : ecology comes of age -- A visit to Bodie : ecological space and time -- Ecology and evolution : process and paradigm -- Be glad to be an Earthling -- Life plays the lottery -- Why global climate is like New England weather -- Taking it from the top or the bottom -- For the love of biodiversity (and stable ecosystems?) -- Facing Marley's ghost."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/796032393> ;
   schema:genre "History"@en ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:name "The balance of nature : ecology's enduring myth"@en ;
   schema:productID "268547410" ;
   schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/268547410#PublicationEvent/princeton_princeton_university_press_2009> ;
   schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796032393#Agent/princeton_university_press> ; # Princeton University Press
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780691138985> ;
   umbel:isLike <http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/GBA927618> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/268547410> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/796032393#Agent/princeton_university_press> # Princeton University Press
    a bgn:Agent ;
   schema:name "Princeton University Press" ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2009124044> # Ecology--History
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Ecology--History"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85040755> # Ecology--Philosophy
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Ecology--Philosophy"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1060845> # Philosophy of nature
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Philosophy of nature"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/901476> # Ecology
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Ecology"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/901514> # Ecology--Philosophy
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Ecology--Philosophy"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/111157859> # John C. Kricher
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "Kricher" ;
   schema:givenName "John C." ;
   schema:name "John C. Kricher" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780691138985>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "0691138982" ;
   schema:isbn "9780691138985" ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.