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Why a Grand Unified Theory Is Neither Feasible nor Desirable

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Science  19 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6007, pp. 1049-1050
DOI: 10.1126/science.1197441

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From Populations to Ecosystems Theoretical Foundations for a New Ecological Synthesis by Michel Loreau Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2010. 316 pp. $99.50, £69.95. ISBN 9780691122694. Paper, $45, £30.95. ISBN 9780691122700. Monographs in Population Biology, 46.


Seeing a monolithic unified theory of ecology as neither feasible nor desirable, Loreau offers an alternative approach to bridging the fields of evolutionary biology, community ecology, and ecosystems.