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Nature's economy : a history of ecological ideas
Worster, Donald, 1941-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Physical Description:
xiii, 507 pages ; 24 cm.
Two roads diverged: Ecology in the eighteenth century. Science in Arcadia ; The empire of reason -- The subversive science: Thoreau's romantic ecology. A naturalist in Concord ; Nature looking into nature ; Roots and branches -- The dismal science: Darwinian ecology. A fallen world ; The education of a scientist ; Scrambling for place ; The ascent of man -- O pioneers: Ecology on the frontier. Words on a map ; Clements and the climax community ; Dust follows the plow -- The morals of a science: Ethics, economics, and ecology. The value of a varmint ; Producers and consumers ; Declarations of interdependence -- The age of ecology: Science and the fate of the earth. Healing the planet ; Disturbing nature.
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Nature's Economy is a wide-ranging investigation of ecology's past, first published in 1994. 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. Our view of the living world is a product of culture, and the development of ecology since the eighteenth century has closely reflected society's changing concerns. Donald Worster focuses on these dramatic shifts in outlook and on the individuals whose work has expressed and influenced society's point of view. 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.

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