The Moon in the Nautilus Shell: Discordant Harmonies Reconsidered

Hardcover | August 22, 2012

byDaniel B. Botkin

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Daniel Botkin's Discordant Harmonies (1990) was considered by many to be the classic text of the environmental movement. The book was the first to challenge the then dominant view that nature remained constant over time unless disturbed by human influence. Nature was believed to achieve a formand structure that would persist forever; if disturbed, it would recover, returning to that state of perfect balance. Discordant Harmonies argued that natural ecological systems are constantly fluctuating and our plans, policies, and laws governing the environment must change to reflect this newunderstanding.The ideas expressed in Discordant Harmonies, considered ahead of their time in 1990, are now timelier than ever. The belief in a balanced nature is alive and well, though those who hold it are constantly confronted by scientific evidence that stands in opposition. In The Moon in the Nautilus Shell:Discordant Harmonies Reconsidered, Botkin brings Discordant Harmonies into the twenty-first century. The book is updated with new research and statistics, case studies on climate change, and a new introduction.

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Daniel Botkin's Discordant Harmonies (1990) was considered by many to be the classic text of the environmental movement. The book was the first to challenge the then dominant view that nature remained constant over time unless disturbed by human influence. Nature was believed to achieve a formand structure that would persist forever; i...

Daniel B. Botkin is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199913919

ISBN - 13:9780199913916

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPreface to the 1990 editionPart I: The Current Dilemma1. A View From a Marsh: Myths and Facts about Nature2. Why the Elephants Died: Breakdown in the Management of Living resources3. Moose In the Wilderness: The Instability of Populations4. Oaks in New Jersey: Machine Age ForestsPart II: Background to Crisis5. Mountain Lions and Mule Deer: Nature as Divine Order6. Earth as a Fellow Creature: Organic Views of Nature7. In Mill Hollow: Nature as the Great MachinePart III: Evolving Images8. The Forest in the Computer: New Metaphors for Nature9. Within the Moose's Stomach: Nature as the BiospherePart IV: Resolutions for Our Time10. Fire In The Forest: Managing Living Resources11. Salmon in Wild Rivers and Grizzlies in Yellowstone: Managing Wildlife and Conserving Endangered Species12. Winds on Mauna Loa: How to Approach Managing the Biospher13. Life on a globally Warmed Planet14. The Moon in the Nautilus Shell: Nature in the Twenty-First CenturyPostscript: A Guide to ActionNotesIndex