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The Moon in the Nautilus Shell: Discordant Harmonies Reconsidered

Daniel Botkin


The author's 1990 book Discordant Harmonies was considered by many to be the classic text of the environmental movement. The book was the first to challenge the then dominant view that nature remained constant over time unless disturbed by human influence. Nature was believed to achieve a form and structure that would persist forever; if disturbed, it would recover, returning to that state of perfect balance. Discordant Harmonies argued that natural ecological systems are constantly fluctuating and our plans, policies, and laws governing the environment must change to reflect this new understa ... More

Keywords: environmental movement, ecological systems, environment, balanced nature, Discordant Harmonies, nature, climate change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199913916
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199913916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Botkin, author
Professor Emeritus, UC Santa Barbara