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Author Tyrrell, Toby, 1965-

Title On Gaia : a critical investigation of the relationship between life and earth / Toby Tyrrell
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (pages cm)
Contents Gaia, the grand idea -- Good citizens or selfish genes? -- Life at the edge : lessons from extremophiles -- Temperature paces life -- Icehouse earth -- Given enough time -- Evolutionary innovations and environmental change -- A stable or an unstable world? -- The puzzle of life's long persistence -- Conclusions
Summary One of the enduring questions about our planet is how it has remained continuously habitable over vast stretches of geological time despite the fact that its atmosphere and climate are potentially unstable. James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis posits that life itself has intervened in the regulation of the planetary environment in order to keep it stable and favorable for life. First proposed in the 1970s, Lovelock's hypothesis remains highly controversial and continues to provoke fierce debate. On Gaia undertakes the first in-depth investigation of the arguments put forward by Lovelock
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Gaia hypothesis.
Philosophy of nature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691121583
1400847915 (electronic bk.)
9781400847914 (electronic bk.)