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Fragile Dominion : Helix Books - Simon Levin

Fragile Dominion

Helix Books

Paperback Published: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780738203195
Number Of Pages: 264

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We 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."

Aknowledgmentsp. ix
Biodiversity and Our Lives: A Cautionary Talep. 1
The Nature of Environmentp. 17
Six Fundamental Questionsp. 39
Patterns in Naturep. 57
Ecological Assemblyp. 81
The Evolution of Biodiversityp. 117
On Form and Functionp. 157
The Ontogeny and Evolution of Ecosystemsp. 175
Where Do We Go from Here?: Complexity and the Commonsp. 195
Notesp. 207
Glossaryp. 229
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780738203195
ISBN-10: 073820319X
Series: Helix Books
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st June 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1