Norton History of Environmental Sciences

Norton History of Environmental Sciences

by Peter J. Bowler, Roy Porter
     
 
In The Norton History of the Environmental Sciences, Peter J. Bowler chronicles humanity's long quest to understand its own origins, brilliantly synthesizing the discoveries in geography, geology, and evolutionary biology that have brought us to our current knowledge of the fragility and connectedness of life on Earth and created the new science of ecology.

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In The Norton History of the Environmental Sciences, Peter J. Bowler chronicles humanity's long quest to understand its own origins, brilliantly synthesizing the discoveries in geography, geology, and evolutionary biology that have brought us to our current knowledge of the fragility and connectedness of life on Earth and created the new science of ecology.

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Library Journal
Most of this history focuses on two trends: the narrowing of scientific specialties, from the natural philosophy of the Greeks to the fragmented, discrete disciplines of the modern era; and the struggle between materialists (exemplified by Darwin) and advocates of more spiritualistic interpretations of life (exemplified by Lamarck). Beginning with Greek and Medieval natural science, this book examines how biology gradually split from philosophy and became a distinct field with subspecialties. It covers 19th-century natural science so exhaustively that, by comparison, it glosses over contemporary developments in earth and natural sciences and barely discusses the scientific study of pollution and resource management. It also concentrates primarily on Western science, ignoring the development of environmental science in non-Western, non-Christian cultures. Although the most important scientific figures and their theories are included in both the text and the 42-page bibliographic essay, the writing is tedious and repetitive. Because no better histories are available, however, academic libraries will have to settle for this one. This book and The Norton History of Chemistry , reviewed below, are the first two titles in a planned ten-volume series.--Ed.-- Laurie Tynan, Montgomery Cty.-Norristown P.L., Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393035353
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1993
Series:
Norton History of Science Series
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
652
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.52(d)

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