Gaia. It’s the idea that the living organisms of the world are able to play a part in shaping both the physical and chemical environment in which they exist and, perhaps, vice-versa.
The idea was first put forward by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 1970s and in Scientists on Gaia, Stephen H Schneider, and Penelope J Boston explore this idea through the collected works of forty-four scientists.
Why We Love Scientists on Gaia
We love Scientists On Gaia because it provides a fresh and nuanced look at the Gaia Hypothesis, a concept that has the potential to fundamentally change our understanding of the world and our place in it. By bringing together 44 diverse and accomplished scientists, this book offers a wide range of perspectives and insights on the hypothesis and its implications.
In addition to offering the latest research and findings on the Gaia Hypothesis, this book also includes personal reflections and anecdotes from the scientists, making it a truly unique and engaging read
It’s wonderful to find a body of work like this from Schneider and Boston that encapsulates so many different views.
After all, most books provide a single idea directed by an author, here we find many world class scientists demonstrating the reality of the Gaia hypothesis and explaining, meaningfully, how it affects all of our lives.
This is a must read book on the Gaia hypothesis and it’s a relatively affordable text in this area of research too.
You can grab a copy online here.