Ages Of Gaia

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James Lovelock proposes that all living species are components of that organism, as cells are components of the human body.
Lovelock first sketched out his theory in his bestseller, Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth. People all over the world embraced the theory, and in less than ten years it moved from the margins of scientific research to the mainstream.
Lovelock argues that such things as the level of oxygen, the formation of clouds, and the...

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Overview

James Lovelock proposes that all living species are components of that organism, as cells are components of the human body.
Lovelock first sketched out his theory in his bestseller, Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth. People all over the world embraced the theory, and in less than ten years it moved from the margins of scientific research to the mainstream.
Lovelock argues that such things as the level of oxygen, the formation of clouds, and the saltiness of the oceans may all be controlled by biological processes. He believes that "living organisms create the optimum conditions for their own existence, and in so doing create the superorganism Gaia." The New York Times Book Review has called his arguments in favor of Gaia "plausible and above all illuminating."

A world-renowned scientist and philosopher presents his revolutionary, dynamic hypothesis of Earth as a living planet.

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Editorial Reviews

Lewis Thomas
“This book describes a set of observations about the life of our planet which may, one day, be recognized as one of the major discontinuities in human thought. If Lovelock turns out to be as right in his view of things as I believe he is, we will be viewing the Earth as a coherent system of life, self-regulating and self-changing, a sort of immense living organism.”
Booknews
A reprint of the Norton edition of 1988 on the history of the earth and man's abuse of the planet. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393312393
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Series: Commonwealth Fund Book Program Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James Lovelock is an independent scientist, inventor, and author. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974 and in 1990 was awarded the first Amsterdam Prize for the Environment by the Royal Netherlands
Academy of Arts and Sciences. One of his inventions is the electron capture detector, which was important in the development of environmental awareness. It revealed for the first time the ubiquitous distribution of pesticide residues. He co-operated with NASA and some of his inventions were adopted in their program of planetary exploration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    Revolutionary Thinking

    Lovelock's Gaia Theory remains startlingly brilliant and revolutionary--and almost completely ignored by mainstream science. This tells us all we need to know about reductionist mainstream thinkers . . . ignore them, read Lovelock, think for yourself!

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