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On Gaia: A Critical Investigation of the Relationship between Life and Earth

Toby Tyrrell


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. This book undertakes the first in-depth investigation of the arguments put forward by Lovelock and othe ... More

Keywords: Gaia hypothesis, James Lovelock, climate science, oceanography, atmospheric science, geology, ecology, evolutionary biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691121581
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691121581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toby Tyrrell, author
University of Southampton