Nature as the Laboratory
Darwinian Plant Ecology in the German Empire, 1880-1900
By (author) Eugene Cittadino
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Nature as the Laboratory by Eugene Cittadino
Book DescriptionThe science of botany underwent a dramatic change in the late nineteenth century. A reform movement originating in Germany took the traditionally destructive approach to the study of plant structure and physiology and transformed it into a study of plant adaptation. The young scientists who initiated this approach were influenced by factors both scientific and political. Darwin's natural selection theory and the German Reich's interest in colonial expansion provided the background for a new botanical methodology, which treated Nature as the Laboratory. The work of these botanists, including Gottlieb Haberlandt, Georg Volkens, A. F. W. Schimper, and Ernst Stahl, influenced the subsequent development of botanical science in the twentieth century and contributed significantly to the emergence of the new science of ecology. In this 1990 book, Eugene Cittadino describes in detail their early careers, their zeal for Darwinian selection theory, and their sometimes hazardous expeditions into exotic environments from Africa to the East Indies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521524865
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A 1990 account of the botanical reform movement and its pioneering contribution to ecological science.
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