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The Silwood circle a history of ecology and the making of scientific careers in late twentieth-century Britain

Hannah. Gay

2013

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  • Title:
    The Silwood circle a history of ecology and the making of scientific careers in late twentieth-century Britain
  • Author: Hannah. Gay
  • Description: Some ecological ideas that anticipated those of the Silwood circle -- From Linnaeus to Lotka and Volterra -- Alfred Lotka and the source of his ideas -- What should we make of this? A philosophical aside -- Entomology and ecology at Imperial College, 1907-1965 -- Entomology at Imperial College prior to the acquisition of Silwood Park -- The purchase of Silwood Park -- Early work at Silwood -- T.R.E. Southwood and the early years of the Silwood circle -- Southwood's youth and his arrival at Silwood -- Environmentalism : some cultural and political events of the 1960's and 1970's -- The early years of the Silwood Circle -- Southwood's later years at Silwood -- Some important antecedents to the Silwood circle : ecology at Oxford and at some North American centres -- Ecology at Oxford University : from the 1920's to the 1960's -- Ecology in North America : G.E. Hutchinson and his students -- Hard work and the making of reputations : Robert May and Richard Southwood, 1971-1979 -- Robert May and stability and complexity in model ecosystems (1973, 1974 and 2001) -- T.R.E. Southwood, Robert May, and the Silwood circle -- The reception of new mathematical modelling by the ecological community -- T.R.E. Southwood in the wider world -- The growth of careers, 1970-1995 : part one -- Gordon Conway -- Michael Crawley -- Michael Hassell -- Roy Anderson -- Richard Southwood : public service and his move to Oxford -- The growth of careers, 1970-1995 : part two -- John Lawton -- John Krebs -- David Rogers -- John Beddington -- Coda -- Voices in the larger world : responsibilities, awards and rewards -- Interlude: My philosophical lens -- Conclusion -- Intellectual history : tradition and novelty -- Institutional history and tradition -- Biography and psychology -- The Silwood circle and sociality -- The socio-political and cultural context -- Concluding comments -- Appendix One: Verhulst, Volterra and Lotka -- Appendix Two: C.S. Holling : functional response and resilience; Robert M. May : stability, complexity, and chaos -- List of Acronyms.
    This is an original and wide-ranging account of the careers of a close-knit group of highly influential ecologists working in Britain from the late 1960's onwards. The book can also be read as a history of some recent developments in ecology. One of the group, Robert May, is a past president of the Royal Society, and the author of what many see as the most important treatise in theoretical ecology of the later twentieth century. That the group flourished was due not only to May's intellectual leadership, but also to the guiding hand of T. R. E. Southwood. Southwood ended his career as Linacre
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Publisher: London : Imperial College Press
  • Format: 1 online resource (457 p.).
  • Identifier: ISBN 1-84816-991-4
  • Subjects: May, Robert M. (Robert McCredie), 1936-; Southwood, Richard, Sir; Imperial College, London. Silwood Park Campus -- History -- 20th century; Ecology -- Research -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century; Ecology -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century; Ecologists -- Great Britain -- Biography; Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 20th century; Electronic books
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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