Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth [NOOK Book]

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In this classic work that continues to inspire its many readers, Jim Lovelock puts forward his idea that life on earth functions as a single organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence with which to support a new and radically different model of our planet. In contrast to conventional belief that living matter is passive in the face of threats to its existence, the book explores the hypothesis that the earth's livingmatter air, ocean, and land surfaces ...
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Overview

In this classic work that continues to inspire its many readers, Jim Lovelock puts forward his idea that life on earth functions as a single organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence with which to support a new and radically different model of our planet. In contrast to conventional belief that living matter is passive in the face of threats to its existence, the book explores the hypothesis that the earth's livingmatter air, ocean, and land surfaces forms a complex system that has the capacity to keep the Earth a fit place for life.Since Gaia was first published, many of Jim Lovelock's predictions have come true and his theory has become a hotly argued topic in scientific circles. In a new Preface to this reissued title, he outlines his present state of the debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191606694
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 693,451
  • File size: 3 MB

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 programme of planetary exploration.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introductory 1
2 In the beginning 13
3 The recognition of Gaia 33
4 Cybernetics 48
5 The contemporary atmosphere 64
6 The sea 84
7 Gaia and Man: the problem of pollution 107
8 Living within Gaia 123
9 Epilogue 141
Definitions and explanations of terms 151
Further reading 155
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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I read this book when I first came out and I always insure that

    I read this book when I first came out and I always insure that there is a copy in my personal Libaray.
    Because of reading this book some 35 plus years ago, I decided to always be aware of my carbon foot print even when it was not fashionable (always bring my own bags, only buy products with the least amout of packaging, eat non-processed foods stuff like that). Frankly reducing your carbon foot print should not be a fashion choice or something to impress the neighbors. We are stewards of this planet as this planet is mother to us all, if for nothing but out of respect for this relationship each and every one of us should try to do our best for Gaia and be as gentle with her as we can be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Firework

    WOO HOO! And a little note to remember; Firework secretly dislikes GG because he defeated her mother. So normaly when arounf GG she is a little moody. Keep that in mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Candy

    AH THE SUSPENSE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Jhony

    Epic still. 9&starf out of 10&starf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Moone

    O.o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    The Gaia Elements: Chapter 1

    ((Imma Greek mythology nerd, too, Moone. The reason why I gave the alicorns their names is because Princess Gaia represents the earth while Prince Uranus represents the sky.))<p>I trotted out the house that lived in alongside my roommates and best friends, Blacor and Magical Light. I was holding a cup of hot chocolate in one of my hooves. I ha<_>ted coffee.<p>My name is Game Guide. At first glance, I just seem like an ordinary navy blue Earth Pony mare with a black mane/tail and dark brown eyes, with a white closed book with the red Ni<_>ntendo logo on it. But I have defeated Queen Chrysallis and I can use the energy of rainbows to go into my multi-colored alicorn form. The strangest thing of all is this:<p>I have a Gaia Element.<p>It started when I was hanging out with Blacor and Magical at our house, when there was a knock on our door. It turned out to be Dawn. He gave us our Gaia Elements. I represented heat. Even though I can't conjure fire like Nitro (whose Gaia Element is fire), I can make the air so hot it'll instantly melt iron.<p>I touched the necklace around my neck, which really manifested my Gaia Element. Dangling from it was a burnt orange orb, with three white squiggly line with the sun shining over it, as if invoking the unbearable heat in the summer. Sighing, I trotted to Jhony's house. There was a party for the bearers of the Gaia Elements. Blacor and Magical went ahead of time. Along the way, I came across Firework. She used to have the Salt Water Element, before she gave it up and it was given to Shaved Ice. The reason for this was she can take control of all the elements, albeit to a lesser extent than the actual Gaia Elements.<br>"Hi, Firework!" I said.<br>"Hello!" Firework greeted back.<br>"How are you?"<br>"Eh, so-so. You?"<br>"I'm on my way to Jhony's party."<br>"Oh," she replied. "I'll see you later."<br>"You too." I then walked to the party.<p>***<p>By the time I got there, the party has already started. All the ponies who have given Gaia Elements were there. And, as usual, I was late. Dawn spotted me and trotted up.<br>"Hey GG!"<br>"Hi, Dawn!"<br>"Did you bring the cupcakes?" he asked.<br>"Um, what?"<br>"Didn't you remember? You're suppose to bring the cupcakes!" replied Dawn.<br>I facehoofed. "D<_>agnabbit! I forgot!" I groaned at my own forgetfullness. "I'll go get 'em."<br>"Okay. Hurry back!"<p>***<p>I galloped to the store, panting. Suddenly, I skidded to stop. A cloud of dirt and dust flew up as a crack formed in the ground. After overcoming my surprise, I began to resume my current path, believing it to be the result of a mini-earthquake.<p>That was, until an alicorn climbed out of the newly formed crevice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Septimus/anti zeus

    What

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Hermes

    Move it.

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    Posted April 3, 2013

    Gavin

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    Posted April 2, 2013

    Emberly

    Hey

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    Posted April 6, 2013

    Tsubaki

    Heyz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Mike

    Did eberyonr one swear kne the river styx to not betray and to follow commandes

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