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AuthorScudo, Francesco M. author
TitleThe Golden Age of Theoretical Ecology: 1923-1940 [electronic resource] / by Francesco M. Scudo, James R. Ziegler
ImprintBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1978
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Descript XI, 492 p. online resource


This is the part of any book where the authors usually discuss why they wrote it. We hope, however, that the text will justifY itself. In fact, any well-trained ecologist will immediately grasp the significance of these seminal works. We have therefore tried to keep our interpretive comments to a minimum. Students of "modern" theoretical ecology will want to contrast the papers in this collection with their modern derivatives. We believe that those who do so will be surprised, if not amazed, by the ecological sophistication and intellectual power of the earlier works. They will stand as a challenge to those who study them, and we hope, provide a standard for the quality of their work. By presenting this collection of works, most of them not easily available and/or for the first time in English, we hope to help them attain the high level of recognition they deserve. We are also enabling readers not sufficiently familiar with Italian to acquire enough of a background to properly follow the works in French not presented here by including Volterra's "Variazioni e fluttuazioni del numero d' indi vidui in specie animali convi venti" (1927), still available. in the original edition


Historical Introduction -- I. Logistic Approaches -- Calculus of variations and the logistic curve -- Population growth, equilibria,and extinction under specified breeding conditions: a development and extension of the theory of the logistic curve -- The logistic law and its generalizations (Sur la loi logistique et ses gรฉnรฉralisations) -- The physiological segregation and the variation of species (Sur la sรฉgrรฉgation physiologique et la variation des espรจces) -- Conraients on the note by Mr. Rรฉgnier and Miss Lambin: Study of a case of microbial competition (Bacillus coli โ{128}{148} Staphylococcus aureus) (Remarques sur la note de M. Rรฉgnier et Mlle Lambin (ร{137}tude dโ{128}{153}un cas dโ{128}{153}antagonisme microbien, Bacillus coli โ{128}{148} Staphylococcus aureus)) -- The integro-differential equations for the toxic contamination of a medium (Sur les รฉquations intรฉgrodiffรฉrentielles de la thรฉorie de lโ{128}{153}action toxique du milieu) -- Comments on the toxic action of the medium relative to the note by Mr. Rรฉgnier and Miss Lambin (Remarques sur 1โ{128}{153}action toxique du milieu a propos de la Note de M. Rรฉgnier et Mlle Lambin (ร{137}tude sur le croit microbien en fonction de la quantitรฉ de substance nutritive des milieux de culture)) -- II. Competition and Predation -- Variations and fluctuations in the numbers of coexisting animal species (Variazioni e fluttuazioni del numero dโ{128}{153}individui in specie animali conviventi) -- Principles of mathematical biology: Part II (Principes de biologie mathematique: Partie II) -- The general equations of biological strife in the case of historical actions -- The growth of mixed populations: Two species competing for a common food supply -- On Volterraโ{128}{153}s theory of the struggle for existence (Sulla teoria di Volterra della lotta per Iโ{128}{153}esistenza) -- On asymptotically stable periodic solutions in biological differential equations (Sur les solutions asymptotiques dโ{128}{153}รฉquations differรฉntielies biologiques) -- III. Parasitism, Epidemics and Symbiosis -- Contribution to the analysis of malaria epidemiology I. General Part -- Contribution to the analysis of malaria epidemiology IV. Incubation lag -- Symbiosis, parasitism and evolution (Symbiose, parasitisme et รฉvolution (etude mathรฉnatique)) -- IV. Genotypic Selection and Evolution -- Mathematical biology. Chapter 15: Evolution (Biologie mathรฉmatique. Chapter 15: ร{137}volution) -- General differential equations for the problem of natural selection (ร{137}quations diffรฉrentielies gรฉnรฉrales du problรจme de selection naturelle) -- On the Mendelian coefficients of heredity (Sur les coefficients mendรฉliens dโ{128}{153}hรฉโ{128}{153}rรฉditรฉ) -- The differential equations for the problem of natural selection in the case of mutations on sexual chromosomes (Sur les รฉquations diffรฉrentielles du problรจme de la sรฉlection naturelle dans le cas de mutation dโ{128}{153}un chromosome sexuel) -- On the singular points of the differential equations in the problem of natural selection (Sur les points singuliers des รฉquations diffรฉrentielles du problรจme de la sรฉlection naturelle) -- Natural selection and transformation of the species from the mathematical, statistical and biological points of view (Sรฉlection naturelle et transformation des espรจces du point de vue analytique, statisque et biologique) -- V. Life and the Earth -- Evolution of the atmosphere: Organic circulation, glacial periods (ร{137}volution de 1 โ{128}{152} atmosphere: Circulation organique, รฉpoques glaciares) -- General Bibliography

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