Fragile Dominion by Simon Levin
Complexity And The Commons (Stanislaw M. Ulam Lecture Series)

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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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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.
Published June 3, 1999 by Basic Books. 272 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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His basic premise for coping with this problem is perfectly clear: ""to have any hope of dealing with such a complex combination of threats to our survival, we must study the Earth as an integrated physical and biological system."" To this end, he provides a lucid introduction to ecological thoug...

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