Fragile Dominion

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Basic Books, Dec 13, 2007 - Science - 264 pages
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We all know that our planet is losing its biological diversity at an alarming rate, with frightening implications for our future. But when does an ecosystem hit the breaking point? In this important book, Princeton biologist Simon Levin offers general readers the first look at how the new science of complexity can help to solve our looming ecological crisis. Levin argues that our biosphere is the classic embodiment of what scientists call complex adaptive systems. By exploring how such systems work, we can determine how they might fail: How much loss can an ecosystem bear before it starts to collapse? How resilient are these systems? Do they in fact hover at the edge of chaos? A deeply original work on one of the most pressing issues of our time, Fragile Dominion is a powerful appeal to understand and protect the global “commons.”   
  

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User Review  - Tomek - Goodreads

Not the best primer on complexity in ecosystems, but Levin does do an excellent job of describing how evolution and natural selection drives this complexity. The book could use a good editing job as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Roozbeh Daneshvar - Goodreads

A good source to know about some basic concepts in ecology. It is also very well written. Read full review

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Simon Levin is the Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University, and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He is the recipient of many prestigious academic awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the MacArthur Award of the Ecological Society of America. He is the author or editor of over 25 books on ecology, biology, and biodiversity.

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