Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology download book

Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology download book

Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology.cWalter K. Dodds
Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology
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Author: Walter K. Dodds
Number of Pages: 256 pages
Published Date: 05 Aug 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Country: Berkerley, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9780520260412
File size: 49 Mb
Download Link: Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology
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Physics and chemistry are distinguished from biology by the way generalizations are codified into theories tested by observation and experimentation. Some theories have been sufficiently tested to qualify as laws. In ecology, generalizations worthy of being called theories are less common because observations and experimentation are difficult and exceptions are more common. In this book, Walter K. Dodds enumerates generalizations in ecology. Introductory material describes how the practice of science, in general, and ecology specifically, yields theories and laws. Dodds also discusses why such ideas are only useful if they have predictive ability, and delineates the scope of these generalizations and the constraints that limit their application. The result is a short book that delves deeply into important ecological ideas and how they predict and provide understanding.

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