Dear Mr. Sibbald:
I thank you very much for your suggestions. I will promptly look for the
works. On finding them I will keep you informed.
If, by your side, you find additional resources on the matter, please
send them to me.
On Tue, 4 Jul 1995, Peter Sibbald wrote:
>> hello, i saw your posting on 'news". there was a paper in Science in about
> 1986 on how the "dimensionality" of an environment affected the length
> of food chains. I think it was written by Cohen and some other people
> but cannot recall details. My wife and i wrote a criticism of this work
> but it was not accepted for publication. Essentially we commented that
> the concept of dimension was very different depending on the system
> bewing worked on (the authors had said things like grassland is
> essentially 2D because it is flat. maybe but not to an insect in the grass!).
>> You may find that paper of interest even though it is flawed. Regarding
> ways of measuring fractal dimension, why not use a box counting approach?
> Banerjee, Sibbald and Maze describe such a thing (as i recall) in j.
> theor biol. about 1987-1989.
>> hope this helps,
Dr. SERGIO ROSSO
Departamento de Ecologia Geral
Instituto de Biociencias
Universidade de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brasil