Gaia Theory is one of science’s most controversial topics and it began back in the 1970s with the publication of Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth.
James Lovelock’s original treatise on the concept, that we exist in a biosphere which is a single complex ecosystem on which we have as much influence as it does on us, was shocking at the time of release and even now, it’s not without its critics.
Why We Love Gaia: 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 understable by all.
Final Thoughts On Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth
If you want to truly understand Gaia Theory, then you ought to get it from the horse’s mouth and James Lovelock’s book as the place to do it.
It’s a wonderful book that is as happy to acknowledge its flaws as celebrate its successes.
James Lovelock’s other works include Homage to Gaia and Healing Gaia and you’ll also find his influence in Symbiotic Planet, why not take a look at them now?
You can grab a copy online here.