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Gaia : A New Look at Life on Earth

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

ISBN13: 978-0192860309

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ISBN10: 0192860305
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1987
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Gaia : A New Look at Life on Earth - (2ND)87 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192860309

James E. Lovelock

ISBN13: 978-0192860309
ISBN10: 0192860305
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Edition/Copyright: (2ND)87
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1987
International: No
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.

Author Bio

Lovelock, James :

James Lovelock, an independent scientist and, since 1974, a Fellow of the Royal Society, worked on the NASA space program. He is Visiting Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University and the inventor of the electron capture detector. His other books include The Ages of Gaia.

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