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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Ecological Botany.
2004 (Swedish)In: Svensk Botanisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-646X, Vol. 98, no 3-4, 207-212 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

The late 19th and early 20th century was a time of intensive geological surveys, carried out in an atmosphere of national romanticism. This period has been described in a recent book by science historian Christer Nordlund, which is here presented and commentd on. Of special interest in Sweden was the issue of posglacial land upheaval and its consequencies for the development of the Baltic Sea. Special emphasis in the book is put on the importance of the geological results for plant geography and archaeology. The two botanists Gunnar Andersson and Rutger Sernander were active in this borderland between botany and geology. As scientists they represented very different mentalities and they soon became enemies. Andersson remained sceptical of the postglacial climate scheme developed by Blytt and Sernander, which he considered founded on too few data. A major scientific schism developed which culminated at the International Geological Congress in Stockholm in 1910. Nordlund is probably right in his view that the interdisciplinary work in the late 19th century relating to historical plant geography and geological development had an impoartant impact on early ecology and its formation as a science.

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2004. Vol. 98, no 3-4, 207-212 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-79291OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-79291DiVA: diva2:107204
Available from: 2006-04-06 Created: 2006-04-06 Last updated: 2013-09-23Bibliographically approved

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