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Gaia by James E. Lovelock
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Jan 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: science-psychology, non-fiction, mmxii, reviewed
Read from January 10 to February 13, 2012

I'm not going to get into the science, read the book for that, but basically this book is about Lovelock's pan-theory of how Earth regulates itself in terms of environment and interaction between all biological life and chemical elements. Lovelock identifies Earth's "conscious" regulator as the titular Gaia, and credits her with the ability to keep all the earth and all it's inhabitants in constant balance. As you read you realise what a fine balance the environment thrives in and it's fascinating how Gaia keeps it all together. Some of the science is a little too complicated without prior knowledge of chemistry and biology but he gives you a glossary in the back and he doesn't speak in language that is too highbrow scientist. It's a book for lay people and as such is popular science but is really interesting, and worth the read... he has a lot of ideas that could save the planet if applied!!

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