By Timothy F. H. Allen, Thomas W. Hoekstra

The first version of Toward a Unified Ecology used to be sooner than its time. For the second one version, the authors current a brand new synthesis in their middle principles on comparing groups, organisms, populations, biomes, types, and administration. The booklet now locations higher emphasis on post-normal reviews, cognizant of ever-present observer values within the approach. the matter it addresses is the way to paintings holistically on complicated issues that can't be outlined, and this ebook maintains to construct an method of the matter of scaling in ecosystems. Provoked through complexity concept, the authors upload an entire new bankruptcy at the important position of narrative in technological know-how and the way versions enhance them. The ebook takes info and modeling heavily, with a worldly philosophy of science.

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Meanwhile, problem solving in the postindustrial age involves smaller things that offer immediately cheaper solutions. Telephones and computers are only slightly reduced in price, but each generation comes with greater speed and effectiveness. The price of engines with moving parts generally goes up as fast as inflation because they use industrial principles. A big holdover from the industrial age is ambitious space travel, which should be seen as a bigger engine going further. The idea of colonies on any other celestial body is simply an outdated Industrial Revolution posture at best.

The stars are literally far away and the quarks might as well be, for all the direct experience humans have with them. By contrast, ecology studies a bundle of rich and direct human encounters. Most ecologists have fond memories of some childhood place or activity that not only stimulated a first interest in field biology but now determines what in particular they study. While limnologists might remember a pond behind the house and their first microscope, oceanographers may sit in their offices smelling imaginary sea air and wandering along sea cliffs of summers long ago.

As we apply hierarchy theory to ecology, we pursue relationships of a functional sort. In and around the material that ecology studies there is a tangle of flows of material and energy. We organize our treatment of ecology around those fluxes and the connections they embody. It is thus the unexpected limits on material flows that make ecology more than complicated physics and chemistry. This book looks at the material system, identifying fresh conceptions to account for the limits that appear to be ecological in nature.

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