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Nature's Economy

Nature's Economy
A History of Ecological Ideas

2nd Edition

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Part of Studies in Environment and History

  • Date Published: June 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521468343

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  • Nature's Economy is a wide-ranging investigation of ecology's past. It traces the origins of the concept, discusses the thinkers who have shaped it, and shows how it in turn has shaped the modern perception of our place in nature. The book includes portraits of Linnaeus, Gilbert White, Darwin, Thoreau, and such key twentieth-century ecologists as Rachel Carson, Frederic Clements, Aldo Leopold, James Lovelock, and Eugene Odum. It concludes with a new Part VI, which looks at the directions ecology has taken most recently.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Worster skillfully integrates environmental and intellectual history in a way that gives powerful testimony to the way a historical understanding of the ecology of place can contribute to the history of ideas." Isis

    "Excellently written and highly absorbing...The in-depth treatment Worster has given to many who contributed to the evolution and revolution of the discipline reflects scholarship of high order. To write in a highly readable and absorbing style makes it even more praiseworthy. Graduates in ecology at baccalaureate to doctoral levels, and the many practitioners of the discipline, basic and applied, would do well to take stock of where they came from. Worster is a very worthwhile guide." Edward J. Kormondy, Ecology

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521468343
    • length: 526 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Two Road Diverged: Ecology in the Eighteenth Century:
    1. Science in Arcadia
    2. The empire of reason
    Part II. The Subversive Science: Thoreau's Romantic Ecology:
    3. A naturalist in concord
    4. Nature looking into nature
    5. Roots and branches
    Part III. The Dismal Science: Darwinian Ecology:
    6. A fallen world
    7. The education
    8. Scrambling for place
    9. The ascent of man
    Part IV. O Pioneers: Ecology on the Frontier:
    10. Words on a map
    11. Clements and the climax community
    12. Dust follows the plow
    Part V. The Morals of a Science: Ethics, Economics, and Ecology:
    13. The value of a varmint
    14. Producers and consumers
    15. Declarations of interdependence
    Part VI. The Age of Ecology: Science and the Fate of the Earth:
    16. Healing the planet
    17. Disturbing nature
    Glossary of terms
    Selected Bibliography

  • Author

    Donald Worster, University of Kansas

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