James Lovelock et al. The Earth and I
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In The Earth and I, 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 ... read full description below.
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Worldy wisdom: The essential companion for our journey into the futureHuman 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 travel through this new Earth age? What knowledge should we carry with us? This illustrated anthology is a guide book for being human in the 21st century. Conceived by James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia theory, the book encourages holistic understanding. Much as Gaia theory considers our earth as an integrated whole of living systems, The Earth and I brings together an all-star lineup of contributors from across the scientific spectrum to offer wide understanding who and where we are.True to the very best travel guides, The Earth and I takes in the intricate details as much as the immense structures. Across 12 chapters, we zoom in from our ever-expanding universe to our miniscule but mighty cells. We make stopovers in astronomy, geology, neuroscience, and economics. We see stellar explosions, consider the layers of life beneath our feet, get to grips with the facts beneath the climate controversies, and contemplate our increasing intimacy with technology all brought to visual life by the vibrant illustration of British artist Jack Hudson.Our expert travel escorts along the way include quantum physicist Lisa Randall, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson, and Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel. Their captivating accounts of our earth and our existence share not only essential understanding but also thrilling sparks of innovation, opinion, and discovery. The result is an inspiration for curious minds young and old, and a trusted toolkit for an informed and enlightened future.
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||This book reminds me of a children's book I had my mother read over and over to me when I was four years old, You Will Go to the Moon, by Mae and Ira Freeman. That book inspired me like non other and I have been working at the Kennedy Space Center for the past 27 years. The Earth and I, is an inspirational book similar to the one mentioned above. Genius contributors, well illustrated, crucially important message and I believe it to be an instant Classic to be cherished for generations to come. A very timely book indeed from one of the finest minds still gracing this planet, James Lovelock. Father of the Gaia hypothesis. ...a beautifully illustrated book of essays... ...a beautiful, handy explainer on the evolution of the planet. Across 12 chapters, you'll take in the intricate details and immense structures of our species and our planet, from our minuscule but mighty cells to our ever-expanding universe.
||Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
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. Tomas Sedlacek is an economist, university lecturer, and author. Economic advisor to former President Vaclav Havel, Sedlacek is now the Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at CSOB and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council focused on New Economic Thinking. 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). 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.