Ecology, the Ascendent Perspective by Robert E. Ulanowicz
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Ecology, the Ascendent Perspective
By Robert E. Ulanowicz

Ecology, the Ascendent Perspective

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Ecology, the Ascendent Perspective by Robert E. Ulanowicz

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Ecology, Ulanowicz argues, needs a more robust central paradigm, and this book presents one derived from current work in information theory, ecosystem energetics, and complexity theory; the result is a theoretical and empirical tool kit better able to measure the developmental status of any living community. Ranging widely to explore critical issues in the history of science-order, causality, progress, laws-Ulanowicz sets forth a coherent theoretical framework for ecology. He demonstrates that mechanical models can capture behavior of relatively simple, isolated populations, but fail to explain the rich, complex, and sometimes unpredictable mix of order and disorder that characterizes larger systems. A challenge to existing Newtonian and Darwinian paradigms, this book suggests ways to bring ecology from the fringes to the center of science.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231108294
ISBN-10: 023110829X
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 150mm x 13mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jul-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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