Ecological Paradigms Lost, Volume 2

1st Edition

Routes of Theory Change

Authors: Beatrix Beisner
Editors: Kim Cuddington
Paperback ISBN: 9780120884599
eBook ISBN: 9780080457864
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd July 2005
Page Count: 464
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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • PREFACE
  • LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
  • Chapter 1: WHY A HISTORY OF ECOLOGY? AN INTRODUCTION
  • Part I: Population ecology
    • Chapter 2: UNSTRUCTURED MODELS IN ECOLOGY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
      • 2.1 INTRODUCTION
      • 2.2 THE BASIC (DETERMINISTIC) UNSTRUCTURED MODELS
      • 2.3 SINGLE SPECIES
      • 2.4 TWO SPECIES
      • 2.5 MORE THAN TWO SPECIES
      • 2.6 TIME SERIES AND MODEL FITTING
      • 2.7 THE FUTURE OF UNSTRUCTURED MODELS
      • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    • Chapter 3: UNSTRUCTURED POPULATION MODELS: DO POPULATION-LEVEL ASSUMPTIONS YIELD GENERAL THEORY?
      • 3.1 INTRODUCTION
      • 3.2 CORE THEORY OR LIMITING CASE?
      • 3.3 DERIVING GENERAL POPULATION MODELS: STARTING WITH THE INDIVIDUAL
      • 3.4 THREE CASE STUDIES
      • 3.5 AN APPROPRIATE MODELLING FRAMEWORK: PHYSIOLOGICALLY STRUCTURED POPULATION MODELS
      • 3.6 ON TESTABILITY
      • 3.7 DISCUSSION AND CONCLUDING REMARKS
      • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    • Chapter 4: THE “STRUCTURE” OF POPULATION ECOLOGY: PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTIONS ON UNSTRUCTURED AND STRUCTURED MODELS
      • 4.1 INTRODUCTION
      • 4.2 MODELS, MODELS, AND MORE MODELS
      • 4.3 REVISITING MODELLING TRADE-OFFS
      • 4.4 GENERALITY?
      • 4.5 REDUCTIONISM REDUX
      • 4.6 STRUCTURAL PLURALISM
      • 4.7 CONCLUSION
      • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • Part II: Epidemiological ecology
    • Chapter 5: THE LAW OF MASS-ACTION IN EPIDEMIOLOGY: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
      • 5.1 INTRODUCTION
      • 5.2 CATO MAXIMILIAN GULDBERG AND PETER WAAGE
      • 5.3 WILLIAM HEATON HAMER
      • 5.4 RONALD ROSS AND ANDERSON McKENDRICK
      • 5.5 HERBERT EDWARD SOPER
      • 5.6 A SCIENCE TAKING FLIGHT
      • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    • Chapter 6: EXTENSIONS TO MASS-ACTION MIXING
      • 6.1 INTRODUCTION
      • 6.2 FUNCTIONAL FORMS
      • 6.3 METAPOPULATION MODELS

Description

This edited volume in the Theoretical Ecology series addresses the historical development and evolution of theoretical ideas in the field of ecology. Not only does it recount the history of the discipline by practitioners of the science of ecology, it includes commentary on these historical reflections by philosophers of science. Even though the theories discussed are, in many cases, are at the forefront of research, the language and approach make this material accessible to non-theoreticians. The book is structured in 5 major sections including population ecology, epidemiology, community ecology, evolutionary biology and ecosystem ecology. In each section a chapter by an eminent, experienced ecologist is complemented by analysis from a newer, cutting-edge researcher.

Key Features

  • Reflection on the past and future of ecology
  • A historical overview of major ideas in the field of ecology
  • Pairing of historical views by ecologists along with a philosophical commentary directed at the practicing scientists` views by a philosopher of science.
  • Historical analysis by practicing ecologists including anectodal experiences that are rarely recorded.
  • Based on a very popular symposium at the 2002 Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Tucson, AZ.

Readership

practicing ecologists, to philosophers of science, and to anyone interested in the history of ecology


Details

No. of pages:
464
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2005
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080457864
Paperback ISBN:
9780120884599

Reviews

"Finally, here is a book taking ecology seriously enough also to investigate it from a philosophy of science point of view, and in particular taking a Kuhnian entrance point as also indicated by the title...an exciting book and an interesting idea to view our science as Kuhn would have done...highly recommended." - Soren Nors Nielsen, Danmarks Farmaceutiske Universitet "Each section of Ecological Paradigms Lost certainly has something to offer the specialist." - Joseph Craine, Unviersity of Minnesota, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, in BIOSCIENCE "The editors of this volume commissioned papers by eminent ecologists, young and old, on theory development and cahnge in five subfields- population, epidemiological, community, evolutionary, and ecosystem ecology- and papers from philosophers of science commenting on the scientists' conclusions...a better perspective on ecology's past and, possibly, its future." - Thomas R. Dunlap, Texas A&M University, Department of History, in ECOLOGY


About the Authors

Beatrix Beisner Author

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Quebec at Montreal, Department of Biological Sciences, Canada

About the Editors

Kim Cuddington Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Ohio University, Department of Biological Sciences, Athens, U.S.A.