Ecological Understanding: The Nature of Theory and the Theory of Nature / Edition 1

Ecological Understanding: The Nature of Theory and the Theory of Nature / Edition 1

by Steward T.A. Pickett, Clive G. Jones, Jurek Kolasa
     
 

ISBN-10: 012554720X

ISBN-13: 9780125547208

Pub. Date: 07/07/1994

Publisher: Elsevier Science

Ecology is an historical science in which theories can be as difficult to test as they are to devise. This volume, intended for ecologists and evolutionary biologists, reviews ecological theories, and how they are generated, evaluated, and categorized. Synthesizing a vast and sometimes labyrinthine literature, this book is a useful entry into the scientific

Overview

Ecology is an historical science in which theories can be as difficult to test as they are to devise. This volume, intended for ecologists and evolutionary biologists, reviews ecological theories, and how they are generated, evaluated, and categorized. Synthesizing a vast and sometimes labyrinthine 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 of this book. 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 want this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780125547208
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
07/07/1994
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Ecological Understanding: Advancing the Discipline and Enhancing Application:
Integration in Ecology.
Understanding in Ecology.
The Nature of Theory:
The Anatomy of Theory.
The Ontogeny of Theory.
The Taxonomy of Theory.
From Theory to Integration and Application:
Fundamental Questions: Changes in Understanding.
The Process of Integration.
Theory and Its Environment:
Constraint and Objectivity in Integration.
Ecological Understanding and the Public.
Subject Index.

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