Aldo Leopold and the Ecological Conscience by Richard L. Knight, Susanne Riedel

By Richard L. Knight, Susanne Riedel

In Aldo Leopold and an Ecological sense of right and wrong ecologists, natural world biologists, and different specialist conservationists discover the ecological legacy of Aldo Leopold and his A Sand County Almanac and his contributions to the environmental circulate, the philosophy of technological know-how, and normal source administration. Twelve own essays describe the large effect he has had on every one writer, from influencing the day-by-day operations of the U.S. Fish and flora and fauna provider and the production of a land-use ethics consultant for wooded area provider body of workers, to a lot wanted concept for carrying on with on in latest huge, advanced and infrequently difficult international of technological know-how. this is Aldo Leopold as a mentor, pal, and spouse and an confirmation of his wish that technology will stay practiced within the reason behind conservation.

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In November of that year, an editor at Alfred A. Knopf wrote to Leopold indicating interest in "a good book on wildlife observation ... " As the editor saw it, this book should appeal to laymen while allowing the author the opportunity to offer "opinions on ecology and conservation" (Ribbens 1987). Leopold, it happened, had already been discussing such a project with his graduate student H. Albert Hochbaum, a talented artist and waterfowl biologist. Hochbaum and Leopold were both heavily burdened with their normal workload, but they agreed to work together as time allowed.

With renewed hope, Leopold sent the overhauled manuscript back to Knopf in early September. Scheduled to undergo brain surgery later that month at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Leopold had made his summer one of determined and uninterrupted concentration. The rejection letter from Knopf arrived in early November. Knopf's editors again found the collection "far from being satisfactorily organized as a book," adding that it was "unlikely to win approval from readers or to be a successful publication as it now stands" (Meine 1988, 509).

A scientist in the old sense may have no loyalties except to abstractions, no affections except for his own kind. (Leopold 1940, 343) 18 THE EVOLUTION OF A CLASSIC Through the 1940s and especially with the unfolding of events during and after World War II, Leopold became increasingly disenchanted with the course of the modern scientific enterprise. Although himself a pioneer in a new branch of basic and applied sciences, he saw the drift toward what he considered misapplied science as a grave danger for which scientists should not shirk responsibility.

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