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A Stormy History

The Radioecologist Daily

It’s always useful to have a good overview of the history of the field you work in, and in science doubly so.

Digging through history places your own topic into context, and at the very least it gives you a vague idea as to where you fit into the Great Scheme of Things (if there is such a thing in your field). As a biologist, for example, it’s good to know how your science evolved (pun not intended) from stamp collecting and classification in to the 18th and 19th century to a more fundamental approach after Darwin finally got round to publishing his book (which took an awful lot of time indeed). All this time we had been waiting for a Grand Underlying Theory, and natural selection, combined with Mendel’s pea plants, provided the foundations for a framework that is used in every sub-branch that biology has spawned until this day. So…

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