Gaia in Action: Science of the Living Earth
Floris Books, 1996 - Science - 351 pages
James Lovelock's Gaia theory, which views the Earth as a living organism, is widely seen as a vital change in our scientific and cultural outlook on the planet we inhabit. The environmental and political implications of this theory are immense and wide-ranging. It suggests rich and revealing areas of scientific research, as well as inviting a critical look at some traditional aspects of our inherited scientific attitudes.
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Sketch for a History of the Idea of the Biosphere
Jim Lovelocks Gaia
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