9780192862181

Gaia A New Look at Life on Earth

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192862181

  • ISBN10:

    0192862189

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-11-23
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

Written for the non-scientist, this classic work is a journey through time in space in search of evidence with which to support a new and radically different model of our planet. The book explores the hypothesis that the Earth's living matter--air, ocean, and land surfaces--forms a complex system that has the capacity to keep the Earth a fit place for life. Includes a new Preface by the author. 8 line drawings.

Author Biography


James Lovelock is an independent scientist, inventor, and author. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974 and in 1990 was awarded the first Amsterdam Prize for the Environment by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. One of his inventions is the electron capture detector, which was important in the development of environmental awareness. It revealed for the first time the ubiquitous distribution of pesticide residues. He co-operated with NASA and some of his inventions were adopted in their programme of planetary exploration.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introductory
1(11)
In the beginning
12(18)
The recognition of Gaia
30(14)
Cybernetics
44(15)
The contemporary atmosphere
59(19)
The sea
78(22)
Gaia and Man: the problem of pollution
100(15)
Living within Gaia
115(18)
Epilogue
133(10)
Definitions and explanations of terms 143(4)
Further reading 147

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