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Richard "Dick" Levins is a mathematical ecologist, and political activist. He is best known for his work on evolution in changing environments.

Levins' writing and speaking is extremely condensed. This, combined with his Marxism has made his analyses less well known than those of some other ecologists and evolutionists adept at popularization. One story of his Chicago years is that graduate students had to attend Levins' courses three times: the first time to acclimate to the speed of his delivery and the difficulty of his mathematics; the second to get the basic ideas down; and the third to pick up the subtleties and profundities.

Levins also has written on philosophical issues in biology and modelling. An influential article of his is "The Strategy of Model Building in Population Biology". He has influenced a number of contemporary philosophers of biology. Levins is a Marxist, and has said that the methodology in his Evolution in Changing Environments is based on the introduction to Marx's Grundrisse, the rough draft of Das Kapital. With the evolutionary geneticist Richard Lewontin, Levins has written a number of articles on methodology, philosophy, and social implications of biology. Many of these are collected in The Dialectical Biologist. In 2007, the duo published a second thematic collection of essays titled Biology Under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on Ecology, Argriculture, and Health.

Also with Lewontin, Levins has co-authored a number of satirical articles criticizing sociobiology, systems modeling in ecology, and other topics under the pseudonym Isadore Nabi. Levins and Lewontin managed to place a ridiculous biography of Nabi and his achievements in American Men of Science, thereby showing how little editorial care and fact-checking work went on in that respected reference work.

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Total Books: 12
Biology Under the Influence Dialectical Essays on the Coevolution of Nature and Society
Biology under the Influence Dialectical Essays on the Coevolution of Nature and Society
The Dialectical Biologist
2006 - The Dialectical Biologist (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674202832
ISBN-10: 067420283X
Genres: Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation
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Qualitative Modeling of Complex Systems An Introduction to Loop Analysis and Time Averaging
Evolution in Changing Environments Some Theoretical Explorations
1968 - Evolution in Changing Environments Some Theoretical Explorations [MPB-2 - Monographs in Population Biology] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691080628
ISBN-10: 0691080623
Genres: Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation, Outdoors & Nature
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Evolution in Changing Environments Some Theoretical Explorations
Evolution in Changing Environments Some Theoretical Explorations [Monographs in Population Biology] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780691079592
ISBN-10: 0691079595
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Humanity and Nature Ecology Science and Society
Humanity and Nature Ecology Science and Society (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780745306698
ISBN-10: 0745306691
Genre: Outdoors & Nature
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Disease in Evolution Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases
Disease in Evolution Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases [Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780897668767
ISBN-10: 0897668766
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Disease in Evolution Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases
Disease in Evolution Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases [Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, V. 740] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780897668774
ISBN-10: 0897668774
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Humanity and Nature Ecology Science and Society
Humanity and Nature Ecology Science and Society (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781853050411
ISBN-10: 1853050415
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Talking About Trees Science Ecology and Agriculture in Cuba
Talking About Trees Science Ecology and Agriculture in Cuba (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788187496632
ISBN-10: 8187496630
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