James Lovelock et al. The Earth and I
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James Lovelock et al. The Earth and I

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"We are buried beneath mountains of fast-accumulating data. In such circumstances, this book, rather than adding to the data load, aims to offer real understanding." -James Lovelock

Human beings are extraordinary creatures. Intelligent, agile, and curious, we have adapted and invented our way to becoming the most important species on the planet. So great is the extent of our influence, that many speak of a new geological era, the Anthropocene, an age defined by human-induced change to the blue and green globe we call home.

Our lofty status comes with responsibility as much as possibility: How should we approach our present and future? What knowledge should we carry with us? Conceived by James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia theory, this illustrated essay collection brings together an all-star lineup of thinkers and scientists to offer essential understanding about who we are, how we live, and where we might be going.

Much as the Gaia theory considers our Earth as an integrated whole of living systems, The Earth and I encourages holistic understanding. Across 12 chapters, we take in both the intricate details and immense structures of our species and our planet, from our ever-expanding universe to our minuscule but mighty cells. We see stellar explosions and the layers of life beneath our feet, delve into the neuroscience of decision-making, get to grips with our climate, and contemplate our increasing intimacy with technology.

The book's world-class contributors include quantum physicist Lisa Randall, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson, and Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel. With lively illustrations from British artist Jack Hudson, the result is an inspiration for curious minds young and old, and a trusted tool kit for an informed and enlightened future.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 210 x 274 x 20.32mm | 1,037g
  • Cologne, Germany
  • English
  • w. num. col. ills.
  • 383655111X
  • 9783836551113
  • 140,167

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"This book reminds me of a children's book I had my mother read over and over to me when I was four years old, You Will Go to the Moon, by Mae and Ira Freeman. That book inspired me like non other and I have been working at the Kennedy Space Center for the past 27 years. The Earth and I, is an inspirational book similar to the one mentioned above. Genius contributors, well illustrated, crucially important message and I believe it to be an instant Classic to be cherished for generations to come. A very timely book indeed from one of the finest minds still gracing this planet, James Lovelock. Father of the Gaia hypothesis." "...a beautifully illustrated book of essays..." "...a beautiful, handy explainer on the evolution of the planet." "Across 12 chapters, you'll take in the intricate details and immense structures of our species and our planet, from our minuscule but mighty cells to our ever-expanding universe."
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About James Lovelock

Lisa Randall is Professor of Science at Harvard University and a leading expert on particle physics and cosmology. Her research focuses in particular on extra dimensions of space. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was on the list of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2007.
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