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The Song Of The Dodo by David Quammen
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This came highly recommended. And Island biogeography has been important in the development of ecological theory.

The first part of the book discusses Alfred Wallace; it's very well written and I enjoyed it. I began to part with the author when he spoke disparagingly about a simple first-order equation. He claimed he didn't need to understand it. I realized that he didn't. Things went downhill after that.

Two flaws. Quammen doesn't seem to grasp the significance of ecosystems. The fauna (and flora) he discusses are interacting members. They don't strive in a vacuum. Secondly, the doctrine of landscape ecology would take him a lot further than he was able to go. It just doesn't come up. He's stuck with some dated ideas.

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