Gaia

Gaia : A New Look at Life on Earth

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In this classic work that continues to inspire its many readers, Jim Lovelock puts forward his idea that the life of 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 the conventional belief that living matter is passive in the face of threats to its existence, the book explores the hypothesis that the Earth's living matter - air, ocean, and land surfaces, forms a complex system which has the capacity to keep 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 revised impression, he outlines the present state of the debate.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 12mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • halftone, line drawings, bibliography
  • 0192860305
  • 9780192860309

About James Lovelock

About the Author: Jim Lovelock, an independent scientist and, since 1974, a Fellow of the Royal Society, worked on the NASA space program. He is a Visiting Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University and inventor of the electron capture detector.show more

Review quote

"This may turn out to be one of the epochal insights of the 20th century."--CoEvolution Quarterly"The most fascinating book that I have read for a long time....Both original and well-written."--New Scientist"Places a daring hypothesis before the general reader....[His book] is the exciting and personal argument of an original thinker caught up in wonder."--Philip Morrison, Scientific American"A book that I have read with immense pleasure."--Rene Dubos, Nature"show more

Review Text

The complex web of living and non-living cycles on Earth combining to form one organism is explained better here than ever before, with the aid of excellent illustrations. This is the best guide to Gaia to date, and should be on every thinking person's bookshelf. (Kirkus UK)show more

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