Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth

Paperback | April 29, 2016

byJames Lovelock

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In this classic work that continues to inspire many readers, Jim Lovelock puts forward his idea that the Earth functions as a single organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence in support of a radically different model of our planet. Incontrast to conventional belief that life is passive in the face of threats to its existence, the book explores the hypothesis that the Earth's living matter influences air, ocean, and rock to form a complex, self-regulating system that has the capacity to keep the Earth a fit place for life. Since Gaia was first published, Jim Lovelock's hypothesis has become a hotly debated topic in scientific circles. In a new Preface to this edition, he outlines his view of the present state of the debate. Oxford Landmark Science books are "must-read" classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

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In this classic work that continues to inspire many readers, Jim Lovelock puts forward his idea that the Earth functions as a single organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence in support of a radically different model of our planet. Incontrast to conventional belief that life is...

James Lovelock is the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now Gaia Theory). His books include Gaia: a new look at life on Earth (OUP, 1979); The Ages of Gaia (WW Norton, 1988); Gaia: the practical science of planetary medicine (Gaia Books, 1991), and The Revenge of Gaia (Allen Lane/Penguin 2006). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Soc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pagesPublished:April 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198784880

ISBN - 13:9780198784883

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introductory2. In the beginning3. The recognition of Gaia4. Cybernetics5. The contemporary atmosphere6. The sea7. Gaia and Man: the problem of pollution8. Living within Gaia9. EpilogueDefinitions and explanations of termsFurther reading

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"The breath-taking sweep of his central idea - that the earth is a living, self-regulating organism - poses the most dramatic challenge to scientists, politicians, and environmentalists." --Jonathon Porritt