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Gaia

A New Look at Life on Earth

James Lovelock

April 2016

ISBN: 9780198784883

176 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Price: £8.99

Gaia, in which James Lovelock puts forward his inspirational and controversial idea that the Earth functions as a single organism, with life influencing planetary processes to form a self-regulating system aiding its own survival, is now a classic work that continues to provoke heated scientific debate.

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Gaia, in which James Lovelock puts forward his inspirational and controversial idea that the Earth functions as a single organism, with life influencing planetary processes to form a self-regulating system aiding its own survival, is now a classic work that continues to provoke heated scientific debate.

  • Outlines Jim Lovelock's original theory that life on Earth functions as a single organism, a hypothesis which has generated great debate in scientific circles
  • Explains how the Earth's living matter, air, ocean, and land together form a complex system that has the capacity to keep the Earth a fit place for life
  • Includes a new Preface from the author outlining the state of the debates around the Gaia hypothesis today
  • Part of the Oxford Landmark Science range: 'must-read' modern science books which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

About the Author(s)

James Lovelock, Independent scientist, environmentalist, and futurist

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 Society in 1974 and in 1975 received the Tswett Medal for Chromatography. Earlier he received a CIBA Foundation Prize for research into Ageing. In 1980 he received the American Chemical Society's award for Chromatography and in 1986 the Silver Medal and Prize of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. In 1988 he was a recipient of the Norbert Gerbier Prize of the World Meteorological Organization, and in 1990 was awarded the first Amsterdam Prize for the Environment by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1996 he received the Volvo Prize for the Environment and in 1997 the Blue Planet Prize.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1: Introductory
    2: In the beginning
    3: The recognition of Gaia
    4: Cybernetics
    5: The contemporary atmosphere
    6: The sea
    7: Gaia and Man: the problem of pollution
    8: Living within Gaia
    9: Epilogue
    Definitions and explanations of terms
    Further reading

Reviews

Daring, exciting, original. - Scientific American

Jim Lovelock, a man as inventive and ingenious as he is lively and unorthodox, places a daring hypothesis before the general reader, a kind of geochemical myth for our time.. [His book] is the exciting personal argument of an original thinker caught in wonder. It wins and repays attention. - Scientific American

Lovelock writes beautifully. A book that is both original and well written is indeed a bonus. Only a genius thinks of the obvious, and Lovelock deserves to be described as a genius. - New Scientist

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