James Lovelock’s groundbreaking book, Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth introduced the world to the concept of the Gaia hypothesis.
First published in 1979, the book introduces the concept of the Gaia hypothesis, which proposes that the Earth’s biosphere functions as a self-regulating entity, maintaining conditions that are favorable for life. At the time, this was groundbreaking.
Don’t be scared off by the science, this book is a highly readable and accessible introduction to the complex systems that make life on Earth possible.
Why We Love A New Look at Life on Earth
We love Gaia because it’s an example of someone being so far ahead of their time that it triggered endless debate and some anger when it was launched, but now, everyone agrees there’s at least some truth to it.
James’s preface helps to keep you up to date on what’s changed in our understanding since publication and how this work of “new age hippy-ness” has become one of the most important books in biology and ecology too.
It’s fascinating to think that the idea that the ecosystem has a bunch of physical and chemical systems built in to make it a fit place for life was so controversial.
When you think about it now it’s so obvious. Lovelock is a true visionary and Gaia is wonderfully accessible and understandable by all.
If you want to truly understand Gaia Theory, then you ought to get it from the horse’s mouth, and James Lovelock’s book is the place to do it.
You can grab a copy online here.