The Cycle of Life:
An History of Experimental Ecology

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Kline Sciences
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The history of the “Cycle of Life” opens a new window on the history of ecology. Previously told as the synthesis of Humboldt’s plant geography and Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, this story ignores the influence of Naturphilosophie, organic chemistry, and thermodynamics. Both Darwins remain important though. Erasmus for his holistic romantic botany, and Charles for his evolutionary theory.
  Erasmus Darwin, The Botanic Garden, 1791
  Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, 1859
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