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Gaia : A New Look at Life on Earth - (2nd edition

Gaia : A New Look at Life on Earth (ISBN10: 0192860305; ISBN13: 9780192860309)
ISBN13: 978-0192860309
ISBN10: 0192860305

Summary: The Gaia hypothesis, first put forth in the mid-1960s, and published in book form in 1975, has had a radical effect on scientific views of evolution and the environment. Fiercely debated by biologists, chemists, and cyberneticists, it has been the subject of numerous conferences and a BBC special which aired on public TV's "Nova" series. Green Peace and other environmental groups have embraced the theory, and Isaac Asimov incorporated it into two of his sci
ence fiction novels. Now, James Lovelock provides a new preface to his seminal work, in which he confronts his critics, and demonstrates how his predictions are in the process of being fulfilled.

According to the Gaia hypothesis, the environment does not coincidentally support life on earth; rather the two interact much the way a bird and its nest interact. "The Earth's living matter," writes Lovelock, "air, oceans, and land surface form a complex system which can be seen as a single organism and which has the capacity to keep our planet a fit place for life." In this revolutionary book Lovelock details this unique conception, offering the clearest explanation of the interaction of life and the environment.
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Summary: The Gaia hypothesis, first put forth in the mid-1960s, and published in book form in 1975, has had a radical effect on scientific views of evolution and the environment. Fiercely debated by biologists, chemists, and cyberneticists, it has been the subject of numerous conferences and a BBC special which aired on public TV's "Nova" series. Green Peace and other environmental groups have embraced the theory, and Isaac Asimov incorporated it into two of his science fiction novels. Now, James Lovelock provides a new preface to his seminal work, in which he confronts his critics, and demonstrates how his predictions are in the process of being fulfilled.

According to the Gaia hypothesis, the environment does not coincidentally support life on earth; rather the two interact much the way a bird and its nest interact. "The Earth's living matter," writes Lovelock, "air, oceans, and land surface form a complex system which can be seen as a single organism and which has the capacity to keep our planet a fit place for life." In this revolutionary book Lovelock details this unique conception, offering the clearest explanation of the interaction of life and the environment. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: (2ND)87
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year Published: 1987
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