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Laws

Walter K. Dodds

in Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520260405
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944541 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520260405.003.0002
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This chapter discusses the foundations of ecological laws, focusing primarily on the laws of physics, chemistry, and mathematics. It also examines the relationship between the theory of evolution and ecological laws. It then discusses fundamental biological and ecological laws and examines proposed laws that offer limited general predictive ability. Finally, it discusses the potential for a reductive approach to ecology and how the proposed laws relate to reductionism.

Keywords: ecological laws; laws; physics; chemistry; mathematics; evolution; predictive ability; reductionism

Chapter.  11337 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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