Complexity and the Commons
By (author) Simon A. Levin
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Fragile Dominion by Simon A. Levin
Book DescriptionWe all know that our planet is losing its biological diversity at an alarming rate, with frightening implications for our future. But when does an ecosystem hit the breaking point? In this important book, Princeton biologist Simon Levin offers general readers the first look at how the new science of complexity can help to solve our looming ecological crisis. Levin argues that our biosphere is the classic embodiment of what scientists call complex adaptive systems. By exploring how such systems work, we can determine how they might fail: How much loss can an ecosystem bear before it starts to collapse? How resilient are these systems? Do they in fact hover at the edge of chaos? A deeply original work on one of the most pressing issues of our time, Fragile Dominion is a powerful appeal to understand and protect the global "commons."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780738203195
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Perseus Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 19-May-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Simon A. Levin
Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Hardback (February 2013)
Presenting the information available in this globally crucial area of research and study, this title brings together the dimensions of biodiversity and examines both the services it provides and the measures to protect it.
Princeton Guide to Ecology, Paperback (October 2012)
Original publication and copyright date: 2009.
Importance of Species, Paperback (December 2002)» View all books by Simon A. Levin
Given the reality of limited money for conservation efforts, there is a compelling need for scientists to help conservation practitioners set priorities and identify species most in need of urgent attention. This book provides the scientific approaches and analyses available for asking what we can expect from losing (or gaining) species.
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Author Biography - Simon A. Levin
Simon Levin is the Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University, and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He is the recipient of many prestigious academic awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the MacArthur Award of the Ecological Society of America. He is the author or editor of over 25 books on ecology, biology, and biodiversity.
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