Microcosm Perspectives

  • Robert J. Beyers
  • Howard T. Odum
Part of the Springer Advanced Texts in Life Sciences book series (SATLIFE)


In our review of ecological microcosms we mixed models and measurements to help provide an understanding of the self-organization of systems. Many principles of ecology have been better illustrated in a microcosm than in the greater, global outdoors. While leaving out some phenomena, miniaturization has allowed organizational phenomena, normally requiring years, to show up in months. In this final chapter, the holism of micro-cosmology provides perspectives for our planetary processes at large. The principles of system design, energy transformation, mathematics, materials, complexity, and information, found in miniature, may be similar for the rest of our realms.


Human Economy Phosphate Phosphorus Turtle Grass Energy Hierarchy Genetic Engineer Organism 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Beyers
    • 1
  • Howard T. Odum
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of South AlabamaMobileUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Engineering SciencesUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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