G. Evelyn Hutchinson and the Invention of Modern Ecology (Hardcover)
Yale University Press, 9780300161380, 480pp.
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Stephen J. Gould declared G. Evelyn Hutchinson the most important ecologist of the twentieth century. E. O. Wilson pronounced him “one of the few scientists who could unabashedly be called a genius.” In this fascinating book, Nancy G. Slack presents for the first time the full life story of this brilliant scientist who was also a master teacher, a polymath, and a delightful friend and correspondent.
Based on full access to Hutchinson’s archives and extensive interviews with him and many who knew him, the author evaluates his important contributions to modern ecology and his profound influence as a mentor. Filled with information available nowhere else, the book draws a vibrant portrait of an original scientific thinker who was also a man of remarkable personal appeal.
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Praise For G. Evelyn Hutchinson and the Invention of Modern Ecology…
— Janet Browne
"Timely...Slack has done a magnificent job."—Thomas Lovejoy, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
— Thomas Lovejoy
“A deeply researched, believable and compelling portrait of one of the most original, influential and interesting of twentieth century biologists. It is an important contribution to the history of science and scholarship, and will be read with great interest by scientists of all ages.”—Eric Mills, Professor of History of Science Emeritus, Dalhousie University
— Eric Mills
“In this meticulously researched biography, Nancy Slack has captured the many facets of G. Evelyn Hutchinson’s life and work. She reveals the passions of a polymath from science to literature to art, as well as the rich legacy of students and friends that Hutchinson left behind. Anyone interested in modern ecology and its origins should read the fascinating story of one of its chief architects.”— Frederick Rowe Davis, author of The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology
— Frederick Rowe Davis
"The book faithfully lays out the many scientific advances achieved by Hutchinson, most of them during his inspirational teaching career…. [Slack] has the great virtue of allowing the reader to live for a brief time in Hutchinson’s company."—Benjamin Ivry, Times Higher Education
— Benjamin Ivry
— Northeastern Naturalist
— F. N. Egerton
— Michael L. Rosenzweig
— Aaron M. Ellison
— Jonathan M Jeschke