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James Lovelock: In Search of Gaia

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In 1972, when James Lovelock first proposed the Gaia hypothesis--the idea that the Earth is a living organism that maintains conditions suitable for life--he was ridiculed by the scientific establishment. Today Lovelock's revolutionary insight, though still extremely controversial, is recognized as one of the most creative, provocative, and captivating scientific ideas of ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published April 20th 2009 by Princeton University Press
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Ariadna73
May 29, 2013 Ariadna73 rated it it was amazing
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James Lovelock: in search of Gaia is the biography of a scientific that at this very moment is 91 years old. He is the one who put together the hypothesis of Gaia. Gaia; (for those who have lived under a rock) is the idea of the earth being not only a place where we live; but a living organism itself. We; humans happen to be only part of the many bugs that this organism has to deal with; and it gets sick as any other organism does.

Lately; for example it has caught a fever; called by us the globa
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Jan 07, 2013 Mike Dettinger rated it liked it
Pretty good biography of the inventor of much highest end monitoring instrumentation for trace constituents in the atmosphere and, oh by the way, inventor of the Gaia hypothesis that the biosphere acts as one (without underlying plan or thought) to maintain live able conditions on the earth on geologic time scales. Underrated (given how hard it is to find in bookstores), I'd say
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John R. Gribbin is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings includes quantum physics, biographies of famous scientists, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming. His also writes science fiction.

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