As Lovelock neatly argues in his own essay, even in her finery Gaia was never any more fanciful than her archfoe, the selfish gene. This volume amply shows how she has earned her place in conventional science.
Leading scientists bring the controversy over Gaia up to date by exploring a broad range of recent thinking on Gaia theory.
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A superb collection covering what has become a major scientific field. It marks the evolution of the Gaia hypothesis, from a warm and fuzzy,
flowers-in-the-hair concept with vaguely religious connotations, to a well-defined and increasingly quantitative theory. The papers in this book show that the theory is becoming applicable to problems of the real earth, such as deforestation, global warming, and desertification.
This is a stimulating, up-to-date account of one of the most far-reaching modern ideas connecting biology and geology.
Meet the Author
Stephen H. Schneider was Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for
Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Professor of Biology at Stanford
University. He was also Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC's working group on
Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from 1997 to 2001, and, with his IPCC
colleagues, was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in 2007. He was the author or editor of many books, including Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save
Earth's Climate and Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next
Century (MIT Press, 2004).
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