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Biodiversity (Papers from the 1st National Forum on Biodiversity, September 1986, Washington, D.C.) Paperback – October 6, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0309037396 ISBN-10: 0309037395

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: National Academy of Sciences (October 6, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309037395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309037396
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This important book for scientists and nonscientists alike calls attention to a most urgent global problem: the rapidly accelerating loss of plant and animal species to increasing human population pressure and the demands of economic development. Based on a major conference sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution, Biodiversity creates a systematic framework for analyzing the problem and searching for possible solutions.

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This book helps the reader understand the conceptual problems and real-world implications raised by efforts to protect biodiversity. The goal of this book is to clarify the role that human values play in creating practical definitions of the term biodiversity. The concept of biodiversity, according to the authors, is both more subtle and more difficult to employ in practical situations than is commonly appreciated.

Conceptualizing and assessing biodiversity and setting conversation priorities are not narrowly defined biological problems-they are broad based human enterprises with a large social and political component. Human resources are not sufficient to protect all of biodiversity, and difficult choices of what to conserve lie ahead. The goal of this book is to clarify the role that human values play in creating practical definitions of the term biodiversity.

This book is written for conversation decision makers: conversation biologists, lawmakers, and policy planners in governmental and non-governmental agencies; business people in fields such as agriculture, forestry, and paper products; and students in al of these fields.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Nick Galunic on August 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
As we all know, E.O. Wilson is a giant of modern biology. Though his work has not always been quietly accepted, his ideas and opinions are undoubtedly an invaluble resorce to the world. In this huge book, Wilson presents what he believes are the 57 most important essays on the current state of Earth's biodiversity.
Being assigned summer reading, my teacher was convinced that I would love this book. He obviousely thought highly of it and so I began reading with an open mind. I'm so glad I did because the issues presented took my breath away. We are living in the middle of the largest mass extinction Earth has ever seen. Right now. These essays bring the reader completely up to speed on what is being destroyed, what efforts are being done to save the Earth, and what further efforts need to begin.
I can honestly say that my career path may have been steered more in the direction of biology after finshing Biodiversity. Everyone should read this book - I can garrentee that it will be a great enlightening experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By evekaplan@att.net on June 28, 1998
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Scientists, environmentalists, and laypeople often assume that "biodiversity" is important, and should be "saved". This book looks at different types of diversity and the reasons to preserve them, and helps the reader come to a profound understanding of the concept. Perlman & Adelson's book teaches people of any background to learn to look beyond "buzzwords" and to think critically about the value of conservation.
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By Ramsay Ravenel on June 3, 2004
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Adelson and Perlman do an excellent job of helping readers understand the issues behind biological diversity. They also explore complex questions about why some people care so much about it and why others seem to care so little. "Biodiversity" is a triumph of interdisciplinary study. The breadth of academic disciplines -- biology, anthropology, economics, philosophy, to name a few -- drawn upon by the authors does not compromise the depth of their analysis.
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By "ramsay_ravenel" on June 3, 2004
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Adelson and Perlman do an excellent job of helping readers understand the issues behind biological diversity. They also explore complex questions about why some people care so much about it and why others seem to care so little. "Biodiversity" is a triumph of interdisciplinary study. The breadth of academic disciplines -- biology, anthropology, economics, philosophy, to name a few -- drawn upon by the authors does not compromise the depth of their analysis.
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1 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Burgess on September 4, 2005
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I don't know anything about the book or E. O. Wilson. But the service I received from the vendor was first class, it arrived on-time and I saved a ton of money on this book.
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