The Ages of Gaia: A Biography of Our Living Earth

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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 ...
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Overview

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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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: 9780393025835
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1988
  • Series: Commonwealth Fund Book Program Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 9.43 (w) x 5.78 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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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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