The Story of N: A Social History of the Nitrogen Cycle and the Challenge of Sustainability

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The Story of N
A Social History of the Nitrogen Cycle
and the Challenge of Sustainability

HUGH S. GORMAN

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS

NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY, AND LONDON

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - The Knowledge of Nature 9
  • 1 - The Emergence of a Biogeochemical Cycle 11
  • 2 - From Adaptation to Innovation 22
  • Part II - Learning to Bypass an Ecological Limit 31
  • 3 - Innovation within an Ecological Limit 33
  • 4 - N and the Emergence of Market Capitalism 42
  • 5 - N and the Rise of Science 52
  • 6 - Bypassing an Ecological Limit 64
  • 7 - Industrializing a Biogeochemical Cycle 84
  • Part III - Learning to Establish Human-Defined Limits 99
  • 8 - N in the Well 101
  • 9 - N in the Air 117
  • 10 - N in the Law 132
  • 11 - N and the Seeds of an Ecological Economy 148
  • Conclusion - The Challenge of Sustainability 162
  • Notes 173
  • Bibliography 209
  • Index 235
  • About the Author 243
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