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Author Dodds, Walter

Title Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology
Published CA : University of California Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (250 pages)
Series The Stephen Bechtel Fund imprint in ecology and the environment
Stephen Bechtel Fund imprint in ecology and the environment.
Contents Cover; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Prediction In Ecology; What Should We Expect From Laws?; How Laws Will Be Approached; Chapter 1. Laws; Foundations; Fundamental Biological Laws; Physiological Constraints Of Organisms; Behavior Of Organisms; Fundamental Properties Of Populations; Laws That Arise From Evolution; Variability And Organisms; Biotic And Abiotic Interactions Of Organisms; Some Candidate Laws; Some Useful Generalizations Or Patterns; The Promise Of Reductionism In Solving Ecological Problems; Chapter 2. Theories; Cross-Cutting Theories; Physiological Ecology
PopulationsCommunities; Ecosystems; Conclusion; Chapter 3. Patterns, Questions, And Predictions; General Questions; Questions Related To Patterns In Communities; Questions About Ecosystems And Community Effects On Ecosystems; Conclusions; References; Index
Summary Physics and chemistry are distinguished from biology by the way generalizations are codified into theories tested by observation and experimentation. Some theories have been sufficiently tested to qualify as laws. In ecology, generalizations worthy of being called theories are less common because observations and experimentation are difficult and exceptions are more common. In this book, Walter K. Dodds enumerates generalizations in ecology. Introductory material describes how the practice of science in general, and ecology specifically, yields theories and laws. Dodds also discusses why such
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Biotic communities.
Ecology -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520260406 (Cloth)
0520944542 (electronic bk.)
9780520260405 (Cloth)
9780520944541 (electronic bk.)