Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Sep 28, 2000 - Political Science - 176 pages
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In this classic work that continues to inspire its many readers, Jim Lovelock puts forward his idea that life on earth functions as a single organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence with which to support a new and radically different model of our planet. In contrast to conventional belief that living matter is passive in the face of threats to its existence, 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. Since Gaia was first published, many of Jim Lovelock's predictions have come true and his theory has become a hotly argued topic in scientific circles. In a new Preface to this reissued title, he outlines his present state of the debate.
  

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Review: Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth

User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

So good to re-read the book that first proposed the notion of the living totality of the earth... especially with the new preface written in 2000 which puts things into context. So well-written and exciting. Read full review

Review: Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth

User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

A fascinating look at the science and reason behind the Gaia Hypothesis: that Earth is more than various ecosystems and we have to save it. Instead the whole planet in one system that will go on with or without humans. Read full review

Contents

Preface
1 Introductory
2 In the beginning
3 The recognition of Gaia
4 Cybernetics
5 The contemporary atmosphere
6 The sea
the problem of pollution
8 Living within Gaia
9 Epilogue
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