The story of N : a social history of the nitrogen cycle and the challenge of sustainability

by Gorman, Hugh S. 1957-

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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction TD196.N55 G67 2013
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Call Number  TD196.N55 G67 2013

In The Story of N , Hugh S. Gorman analyzes the notion of sustainability from a fresh perspective--the integration of human activities with the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen--and provides a supportive alternative to studying sustainability through the lens of climate change and the cycling of carbon. It is the first book to examine the social processes by which industrial societies learned to bypass a fundamental ecological limit and, later, began addressing the resulting concerns by establishing limits of their own

The book is organized into three parts. Part I, "The Knowledge of Nature," explores the emergence of the nitrogen cycle before humans arrived on the scene and the changes that occurred as stationary agricultural societies took root. Part II, "Learning to Bypass an Ecological Limit," examines the role of science and market capitalism in accelerating the pace of innovation, eventually allowing humans to bypass the activity of nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Part III, "Learning to Establish Human-Defined Limits," covers the twentieth-century response to the nitrogen-related concerns that emerged as more nitrogenous compounds flowed into the environment. A concluding chapter, "The Challenge of Sustainability," places the entire story in the context of constructing an ecological economy in which innovations that contribute to sustainable practices are rewarded.

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Series Studies in modern science, technology, and the environment.
Subjects Nitrogen -- Environmental aspects.
Nitrogen cycle.
Sustainable development.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Publisher New Brunswick, N.J. :2013
Language English
Description xiii, 241 pages ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-233) and index.
ISBN 9780813554389
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