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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Biospheres are self-contained ecological environments, ranging from laboratory-bred bacteria colonies to the Soviet Bios project involving prototypes of interplanetary spaceships. Coauthor with Lynn Margulis of Micro cosmos , Sagan takes a close look at Biosphere II, a sealed metal-and-glass terrarium for animals, plants and humans now under construction near Tucson, Ariz. Criticized by some as technocratic Disneylands or elitist retreats, biospheres are defended here as bulwarks against an increasingly polluted world, as experimental laboratories and even as confirmation of British chemist James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis, which views planet Earth as a single, live, self-regulating organism. Sagan's convoluted futurist tract is most useful for its sifting of evidence for the Gaia hypothesis from diverse areas--the behavior of termites, atmospheric science, genetics, etc. (Mar.)
Library Journal
This book basically consists of philosophical reflections on the reproduction of the Earth's environment on other planets and in self-contained enclosures on Earth. It is fundamentally an extension of the Gaia hypothesis, which is explained in books such as Michael Allaby's A Guide to Gaia ( LJ 2/1/90). Some of the ideas and analogies presented are reasonable, others appear far-fetched. This book does not have as firm a scientific basis as Sagan's previous books, Microcosmos ( LJ 6/15/86) and Garden of Microbial Delights (HBJ, 1988), both coauthored with Lynn Margulis, but it does present some provocative ideas in a readable manner.-- Joseph Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553288834
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 240

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