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Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology

Walter Dodds


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. This book enumerates generalizations in ecology. Introductory material describes how the practice of science in general, and ecology specifically, yields theories and laws. The text also discusses why such ideas are only us ... More

Keywords: generalizations, observation, experimentation, laws, ecology, science, theories

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520260405
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520260405.001.0001


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Walter Dodds, author

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