zzRough Ride to the Future

zzRough Ride to the Future

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James Lovelock continues, in his 95th year, to be the great scientific visionary of our age. This book introduces two new Lovelockian ideas. The first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was unknowingly beginning 'accelerated evolution', which is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating Earth system whose discovery Lovelock first announced nearly fifty years ago. In addition, Lovelock gives his reflections on how scientific advances are made, and his own remarkable life as a lone scientist. Lovelock argues that instead of feeling guilty, we should recognise what is happening, prepare for change and ensure that we survive as a species so we can contribute to - perhaps even guide - the next evolution of Gaia. The road will be rough, but if we are smart enough life will continue on Earth. 'The man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on earth since Charles Darwin.' Independent 'The most profound scientific thinker of our time.' Literary Reviewshow more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • ALLEN LANE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1846146089
  • 9781846146084
  • 1,376,613

About James Lovelock

James Lovelock is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now Gaia Theory). He has written three books on the subject- Gaia- A New Look at Life on Earth, The Ages of Gaia and Gaia- The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine, as well as an autobiography, Homage to Gaia. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1974. Since 1961 he has worked as a wholly independent scientist but retained links with universities in the UK and the USA, and since 1994 has been an Honourary Visiting Fellow of the Green College, University of Oxford. He has been described as 'one of the great thinkers of our time' (New Scientist) and 'one of the environmental movement's most influential figures' (Observer). In 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen, and in September 2005 Prospect magazine named him as one of the world's top 100 global public intellectuals.show more