James Lovelock et al. The Earth and IHardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 0.91 lb, 192 pages20Edition: English Availability: Coming soon
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A richly illustrated collection of essays on earth and human science from 12 of today’s leading thinkers. From stars to cells, quantum theory to capitalism, ancient fossils to Artificial Intelligence, this book delivers a holistic understanding of our planet and is a trusted tool kit for an informed and enlightened future.
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James Lovelock’s Toolkit for the Future
A guide to the minute details and immense structures of our planet
“We are buried beneath mountains of fast-accumulating data. In such circumstances, this book, rather than adding to the data load, aims to offer real understanding.” —James Lovelock
Human beings are extraordinary creatures. Intelligent, agile, and curious, we have adapted and invented our way to becoming the most important species on the planet. So great is the extent of our influence, that many speak of a new geological era, the Anthropocene, an age defined by human-induced change to the blue and green globe we call home.
Our lofty status comes with responsibility as much as possibility: How should we approach our present and future? What knowledge should we carry with us? Conceived by James Lovelock (1919–2022), inventor of the Gaia theory, this illustrated essay collection brings together an all-star lineup of thinkers and scientists to offer essential understanding about who we are, how we live, and where we might be going.
Much as the Gaia theory considers our Earth as an integrated whole of living systems, The Earth and I encourages holistic understanding. Across 12 chapters, we take in both the intricate details and immense structures of our species and our planet, from our ever-expanding universe to our minuscule but mighty cells. We see stellar explosions and the layers of life beneath our feet, delve into the neuroscience of decision-making, get to grips with our climate, and contemplate our increasing intimacy with technology.
The book’s world-class contributors include quantum physicist Lisa Randall, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson, and Nobel Prize–winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel. With lively illustrations from British artist Jack Hudson, the result is an inspiration for curious minds young and old, and a trusted tool kit for an informed and enlightened future.
James Lovelock (1919–2022) was an independent scientist, environmentalist, and originator of the Gaia theory which considers the Earth a living and evolving system striving to regulate itself so that contemporary life can flourish. Lovelock has been cited as one of the world’s top 100 intellectuals (Prospect), “a scientific visionary” (The Times), and “one of the greatest thinkers of our time” (New Scientist).
James Lovelock et al. The Earth and IHardcover, 14 x 19.5 cm, 0.41 kg, 192 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-8834-8Edition: English
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