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.A switched off or dismantled oven reveals no more of its potential performance than does a corpse of the person it once was. ... In chapter 2 I discussed the possibility that the Eartha#39;s surface temperature is actively maintained comfortable for the complex entity which ... Moreover, this relatively constant value of 98.4Ad F only applies to our core region, which covers the trunk and the head, wherein lie most ofanbsp;...
|Title||:||Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth|
|Publisher||:||Oxford Paperbacks - 2000-09-28|