The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth

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Contents
Prefaceix
1Why It Matters1
2Of What Purpose Are Mosquitoes?8
3Creating Paradigms20
4Ecology B.C. (“Before Charles”)40
5Ecology A.D. (“After Darwin”)53
6The Twentieth century: ecology comes of Age67
7A Visit to Bodie: Ecological space and Time84
8Ecology and Evolution: Process and Paradigm97
9Be Glad to Be an Earthling113
10Life Plays the Lottery128
11Why Global Climate is Like New England Weather140
12Taking It from the Top—or the Bottom155
13For the Love of Biodiversity (and Stable Ecosystems?)170
14Facing Marley's Ghost186
Epilogue203
Acknowledgments207
Notes209
Index229

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1: Why It Matters 1
  • 2: Of What Purpose Are Mosquitoes? 8
  • 3: Creating Paradigms 20
  • 4: Ecology B.C. (“before Charles”) 40
  • 5: Ecology A.D. (“after Darwin”) 53
  • 6: The Twentieth Century Ecology Comes of Age 67
  • 7: A Visit to Bodie Ecological Space and Time 84
  • 8: Ecology and Evolution Process and Paradigm 97
  • 9: Be Glad to Be an Earthling 113
  • 10: Life Plays the Lottery 128
  • 11: Why Global Climate is like New England Weather 140
  • 12: Taking It from the Top–or the Bottom 155
  • 13: For the Love of Biodiversity (And Stable Ecosystems?) 170
  • 14: Facing Marley's Ghost 186
  • Epilogue 203
  • Acknowledgments 207
  • Notes 209
  • Index 229
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