Ecology, the Ascendent Perspective Robert E. Ulanowicz
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
- Publish date: 09/01/1997
- ISBN: 9780231108294
- ISBN10: 023110829X
Ranging widely to explore critical issues in the history of science -- order, causality, progress, laws -- Ulanowicz sets forth a coherent theoretical framework for ecology. He demonstrates that mechanical models can capture behavior of relatively simple, isolated populations, but fail to explain the rich, complex, and sometimes unpredictable mix of order and disorder that characterizes larger systems.
Ecology, Ulanowicz argues, needs a more robust central paradigm, and this book presents one derived from current work in complexity, information theory, and ecosystem energetics; the result is a theoretical and empirical tool kit better able to measure the developmental status of any living community.
A challenge to existing Newtonian and Darwinian paradigms, Ecology, the Ascendent Perspective suggests ways to bring ecology from the fringes to the center of science. It also demonstrates that a theoretically reshaped science of ecology, by more accurately portraying the dynamics of the natural world, can be a more effective means of ensuring its health.