Landscapes and Labscapes

Landscapes and Labscapes

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What is it like to do field biology in a world that exalts experiments and laboratories? How have field biologists assimilated laboratory values and practices, and crafted an exact, quantitative science without losing their naturalist souls? In Landscapes and Labscapes, Robert E. Kohler explores the people, places, and practices of field biology in the United States from the 1890s to the 1950s. He takes readers into the fields and forests where field biologists learned to count and measure nature and to read the imperfect records of qnature's experiments.q He shows how field researchers use nature's particularities to develop qpractices of placeq that achieve in nature what laboratory researchers can only do with simplified experiments. Using historical frontiers as models, Kohler shows how biologists created vigorous new border sciences of ecology and evolutionary biology.Exploring the Lab-Field Border in Biology Robert E. Kohler. CHAPTER 8 ... They supported a general abandonment of ideas of equilibrium and orderly development in favor of stochastic views of nature permanently in flux. I will support myanbsp;...

Title:Landscapes and Labscapes
Author:Robert E. Kohler
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2002-11-01


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