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Smoothing and Decay Estimates for Nonlinear Diffusion Equations: Equations of Porous Medium Type

Juan Luis Vázquez

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199202973
eISBN:
9780191707919
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202973.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, Applied Mathematics

This book is concerned with the quantitative aspects of the theory of nonlinear diffusion equations; equations which can be seen as nonlinear variations of the classical heat equation. They appear as ... More


Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence

David Benatar

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199296422
eISBN:
9780191712005
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296422.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book argues for a number of related, highly provocative views: (i) coming into existence is always a serious harm; (ii) procreation is always wrong; (iii) it is wrong not to abort foetuses at ... More


Evolutionary Conservation Genetics

Jacob Höglund

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199214211
eISBN:
9780191706660
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214211.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Conservation genetics focuses on understanding the role and requirement of genetic variation for population persistence. However, considerable debate now surrounds the role of genetic factors (as ... More


Conclusion?

Wallace Matson

in Grand Theories and Everyday Beliefs: Science, Philosophy, and their Histories

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812691
eISBN:
9780199919420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812691.003.0025
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Humankind, still adapted to the hunter-gatherer life, has moved with astonishing speed into an utterly different lifestyle, offering numerous advantages but also multiplying dangers: civilization. ... More


Stochastic Population Dynamics in Ecology and Conservation

Russell Lande, Steinar Engen, and Bernt-Erik Saether

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780198525257
eISBN:
9780191584930
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525257.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

All populations fluctuate stochastically, creating a risk of extinction that does not exist in deterministic models, with fundamental consequences for both pure and applied ecology. This book ... More


When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World's Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge

K. David Harrison

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195181920
eISBN:
9780199870622
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181920.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

It is commonly agreed by linguists and anthropologists that the majority of languages spoken now around the globe will likely disappear within our lifetime. The phenomenon known as language death has ... More


Extinctions and the practice of preventing them

Stuart L. Pimm and Clinton N. Jenkins

in Conservation Biology for All

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199554232
eISBN:
9780191720666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554232.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Ecology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

Stuart L. Pimm and Clinton N. Jenkins explore why extinctions are the critical issue for conservation science. Extinctions are irreversible, unlike many other environmental threats that we can ... More


When all you need is one

Marian Stamp Dawkins

in Observing Animal Behaviour: design and analysis of quantitative data

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198569350
eISBN:
9780191717512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569350.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

Sometimes single observations, such as the sighting of an animal thought to be extinct, or a chimpanzee making tools, are enough to change forever the way people think about the world. This chapter ... More


The Extinction of Humankind

Richard Kraut

in Against Absolute Goodness

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199844463
eISBN:
9780199919550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844463.003.0027
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

At some time in the future, the human species will come to an end. The laws that govern the matter of our universe make this inevitable, but it is an event that may occur far sooner than need be. ... More


The Coevolution of Institutions and Behaviors

Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis

in A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151250
eISBN:
9781400838837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151250.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, History of Economic Thought

This chapter examines how group competition favored the coevolution of the distinctive institutions of the hunter-gatherer society along with a predisposition for altruistic behavior. It first ... More


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