ISBN-10:
0520260414
ISBN-13:
9780520260412
Pub. Date:
08/05/2009
Publisher:
University of California Press
Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology / Edition 1

Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology / Edition 1

by WALTER DODDSWALTER DODDS

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Overview

Physics and chemistry are distinguished from biology by the way generalizations are codified into theories tested by observation and experimentation. Some theories have been sufficiently tested to qualify as laws. Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|In ecology, generalizations worthy of being called theories are less common because observations and experimentation are difficult and exceptions are more common. Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|In this book, Walter K. Dodds enumerates generalizations in ecology. Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Introductory material describes how the practice of science in general, and ecology specifically, yields theories and laws. Dodds also discusses why such ideas are only useful if they have predictive ability, and delineates the scope of these generalizations and the constraints that limit their application. The result is a short book that delves deeply into important ecological ideas and how they predict and provide understanding.

Editorial Reviews

Bioscience - Timothy F. H. Allen

It is encyclopedic in its treatment. . . the wide scope of the book turns up some surprising gems.

Ecology

Dodd’s goals for this book are both urgent and worthy.

Ecoscience - Eric Keeling

Valuable contribution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520260412
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/05/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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