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.
Anyone seriously interested in ecosystems or in theoretical ecology will find this book to be well written, stimulating, and worth reading. Quarterly Review of Biology
Series: Complexity in Ecological Systems
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 22nd August 1997
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.2
Weight (kg): 0.48