Life, Temperature, and the Earth analyzes and modifies important aspects of the Gaia hypothesis in light of geochemical, geophysical, mathematical, and paleontological data that were either ignored or unavailable when the hypothesis was developed. Schwartzman argues that the Earth's climatic temperature has been biologically regulated amid the backdrop of variable volcanic outgassing and an evolving sun.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
David Schwartzman is a professor in the Department of Biology at Howard University. His research focuses on biogeochemistry, exobiology, and environmental science.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: A Personal Note||xi|
What People are Saying About This
Schwartzman's account of the current status of our ancient self-organizing biosphere helps reunite the arbitrary schism between biology and geology. As a modern, 'hard-science'natural history, this readable book that details the reciprocal effects of Earth's changing conditions, especially temperature, on life and its evolutionary history, fascinates. Highly original yet entirely responsible, this work will be of great interest especially to environmental scientists and their students.
Lynn Margulis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst