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James Lovelock et al. The Earth and I

Hardcover with fold-outs and rotating cover, 8.3 x 10.8 in., 2.31 lb, 168 pages
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Scientist, inventor, and pioneering environmentalist James Lovelock brings together 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, 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.

The editor

James Lovelock is 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).

The illustrator

Jack Hudson is a British illustrator with a particular interest in scientific subjects and the interaction of macro and micro scales. His portfolio includes work for The New York Times, Transport for London, Google Chrome, and The Guardian.

The contributing authors

Martin Rees is the UK Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. He has authored or co-authored more than 500 research papers and eight books, with special interests in high-energy astrophysics and early generation of stars and galaxies. Rees’s international awards include the Balzan Prize and the World Cultural Council’s Einstein Award.

Lisa Randall is Professor of Science at Harvard University and a leading expert on particle physics and cosmology. Her research focuses in particular on extra dimensions of space. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was on the list of Time Magazine's “100 Most Influential People” of 2007.

Lee R. Kump is Professor and Departmental Head of Geosciences at Penn State. He is a fellow of the Geological Societies of America and London and an affiliate of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and Penn State’s Earth System Science Center. In 2000, he was awarded the Geological Society of America’s Distinguished Service Medal.

Tim Radford is a freelance journalist and former science editor of The Guardian. He won the Association of British Science Writers’ science writer of the year award four times and a lifetime achievement award in 2005. He is an honorary fellow of the British Science Association and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Vicky Pope is Head of Integration and Growth at the UK Met Office. She was a founding member of the Hadley Centre, set up in 1990 to provide climate predictions to underpin government policy, and served on the Global Environmental Change Committee between 2005–10.

Edward O. Wilson is University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard and recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished scientists, as well as the “father of biodiversity.” A biologist and naturalist, with a particular specialism in the behavior of ants, Wilson draws on his deep knowledge of the Earth’s smaller creatures to explore the planet’s intricately interconnected natural systems.

Oliver Morton is a science writer and editor, with numerous contributions to Discover, National Geographic, and Wired, among other publications. He is Briefings Editor at The Economist and former News and Features Editor at Nature. Morton is a fellow of the Hybrid Vigor Institute, created to facilitate the exchange and cultivation of interest in interdisciplinary science research.

Eric Kandel is a Professor of Brain Science at Columbia University and founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. In 2000, he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his research on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying learning and memory.

John Gray is a political philosopher with interests in analytical philosophy and the history of ideas. He is former Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and Visiting Professor at Harvard and Yale. Gray contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and the New Statesman, where he is the lead book reviewer.

Fred Pearce is a freelance author and journalist and a fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He has been the environment consultant of New Scientist since 1992 and won a lifetime achievement award from the Association of British Science Writers in 2011.

Bryan Appleyard is a freelance journalist and author, and former fellow of the World Economic Forum. He was former Financial News Editor at The Times and is currently a special feature writer for The Sunday Times.

Tomáš Sedláček is an economist, university lecturer, and author. Economic advisor to former President Václav Havel, Sedláček is now the Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at ČSOB and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council focused on New Economic Thinking.

James Lovelock et al. The Earth and I
Hardcover with fold-outs and rotating cover, 8.3 x 10.8 in., 2.31 lb, 168 pages

Customer reviews (5)

Great enlightening read, suitable for teenagers

Alexandra, November 19, 2021
Fantastic book, the kids (teens, I must say) loved it!

The book and I.

Adam Mazek, November 04, 2021
A book for both younger and older readers who are curious about the world and everything that occurs around us. Even having no children, I can easily imagine reading the book "The Earth and I" to my kids, being curious, surprised, and amazed by the facts and processes that are taking place on our wonderful planet. I definitely recommend the book not only to children but above all to adults. This item will definitely put many things in order in the human mind.

I love Lovelock

Nicola, October 28, 2021
Through his theory of Gaia James Lovelock has revolutionized my conception of the world and of reality. In this graphically captivating volume, like all Taschen publications, a holistic view of the world and life is proposed through important scientists and thinkers of this century. A work full of ideas and points of view to discover. Recommended

Wonderful portrait of our earth

Brendan, October 27, 2021
I greatly enjoyed reading this collection and look forward to using it as a reference in the coming years. As an adult, so many of the specifics of biology, climatology, and other sciences evade my memory. To re-visit a holistic view of our earth and future, as well as learn a whole new perspective on many topics, has been very rewarding.

Genial para niños

Jesús, October 27, 2021
Aporta datos muy útiles y a los niños a partir de 9 años les fascinará
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