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Scientists Debate Gaia
Author: Dr. Stephen H. Schneider

ISBN: 9780262693691
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 15 September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 21.5 x 2.2
Description:
"Scientists Debate Gaia" is a multidisciplinary reexamination of the Gaia hypothesis, which was introduced by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the early 1970s. The Gaia hypothesis holds that Earth's physical and biological processes are linked to form a complex, self-regulating system and that life has affected this system over time. Until a few decades ago, most of the earth sciences viewed the planet through disciplinary lenses: biology, chemistry, geology, atmospheric and ocean studies. The Gaia hypothesis, on the other hand, takes a very broad interdisciplinary approach. Its most controversial aspect suggests that life actively participates in shaping the physical and chemical environment on which it depends in a way that optimizes the conditions for life. Despite intial dismissal of the Gaian approach as New Age philosophy, it has today been incorporated into mainstream interdisciplinary scientific theory, as seen in its strong influence on the field of Earth System Science. "Scientists Debate Gaia" provides a fascinating, multi-faceted examination of Gaia as science and addresses significant criticism of, and changes in, the hypo...

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