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Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues > Ecological science, the Biosphere

Ecology - From Individuals to Ecosystems (Paperback, 4th Edition): Michael Begon, Colin R. Townsend, John L. Harper Ecology - From Individuals to Ecosystems (Paperback, 4th Edition)
Michael Begon, Colin R. Townsend, John L. Harper
R1,129 R1,029 Discovery Miles 10 290 Save R100 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Begon, Townsend, and Harper's "Ecology" has long been regarded as the definitive textbook on all aspects of ecology. This new edition provides a comprehensive treatment of the subject, from the first principles of ecology to the current state of the field, and aims to improve students' preparedness to address the environmental problems of the new millennium.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this fourth edition includes: three new chapters on applied ecology, reflecting a rigorous, scientific approach to the ecological problems now facing mankinddiscussion of over 800 new studies, updating the text throughoutan updated, user-friendly design with margin notes and chapter summaries that serve as study aidsdedicated website at www.blackwellpublishing.com/begon

The resulting textbook is easy to use, lucid and up-to-date, and is the essential reference for all students whose degree program includes ecology and for practicing ecologists.

Novacene - The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence (Hardcover): James Lovelock Novacene - The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence (Hardcover)
James Lovelock 1
R343 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R112 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis and the greatest environmental thinker of our time, has produced an astounding new theory about future of life on Earth. He argues that the anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age - the novacene - has already begun. New beings will emerge from existing artificial intelligence systems. They will think 10,000 times faster than we do and they will regard us as we now regard plants - as desperately slow acting and thinking creatures. But this will not be the cruel, violent machine takeover of the planet imagined by sci-fi writers and film-makers. These hyper-intelligent beings will be as dependent on the health of the planet as we are. They will need the planetary cooling system of Gaia to defend them from the increasing heat of the sun as much as we do. And Gaia depends on organic life. We will be partners in this project. It is crucial, Lovelock argues, that the intelligence of Earth survives and prospers. He does not think there are intelligent aliens, so we are the only beings capable of understanding the cosmos. Maybe, he speculates, the novacene could even be the beginning of a process that will finally lead to intelligence suffusing the entire cosmos. At the age 100, James Lovelock has produced the most important and compelling work of his life.

Liquid - The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives (Paperback): Mark A Miodownik Liquid - The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives (Paperback)
Mark A Miodownik 1
R259 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R100 (39%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

By the author of the best-selling, prize-winning Stuff Matters 'A truly delightful read' Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox 'Exciting, anarchic and surprising' Katy Guest, The Guardian This fascinating new book by the bestselling scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik is an expert tour of the world of the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves that we come across every day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with substances from water and glue to coffee and wine, he shows how these liquids can bring death and destruction as well as wonder and fascination. From Laszlo Biro's revolutionary pen and Abraham Gesner's kerosene to cutting-edge research on self-repairing roads and liquid computers, Miodownik uses his winning formula of scientific storytelling to bring the everyday to life. He reveals why liquids can flow up a tree but down a hill, why oil is sticky, how waves can travel so far, and how to make the perfect cup of tea. Here are the secret lives of substances that we rely on but rarely understand. 'An exhilarating, eye-opening ride' Philip Ball, science writer and author of H2O 'A thrilling read, from start to finish' Tim Radford, author of The Consolations of Physics

The Ecology Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained (Hardcover): Dk The Ecology Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained (Hardcover)
Dk; Foreword by Tony Juniper 2
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Explore ecology in this accessible introduction to how the natural world works and how we have started to understand the environment, ecosystems, and climate change. Using a bold, graphic-led approach, The Ecology Book explores and explains over 85 of the key ideas, movements, and acts that have defined ecology and ecological thought. The book has a simple chronological structure, with early chapters ranging from the ideas of classical thinkers through to attempts by Enlightenment thinkers to systematically order the natural world. Later chapters trace the evolution of modern thinking, from the ideas of Thomas Malthus, Henry Thoreau, and others, right the way through to the political and scientific developments of the modern era, including the birth of the environmental movement and the Paris Agreement. The ideal introduction to one of the most important subjects of our time.

How to Give Up Plastic - Simple steps to living consciously on our blue planet (Paperback): Will McCallum How to Give Up Plastic - Simple steps to living consciously on our blue planet (Paperback)
Will McCallum 1
R222 R109 Discovery Miles 1 090 Save R113 (51%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As read by James Corden, Fearne Cotton, Jim Chapman and Dougie Poytner. 'We have a responsibility, every one of us' David Attenborough Around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean every year, killing over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals. By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight. Plastic pollution is the environmental scourge of our age, but how can YOU make a difference? This accessible guide, written by the campaigner at the forefront of the anti-plastic movement, will help you make the small changes that make a big difference, from buying a reusable coffee cup to running a clean-up at your local park or beach. Tips on giving up plastic include: * Washing your clothes within a wash bag to catch plastic microfibers (the cause of 30% of plastic pollution in the ocean) * Replacing your regular shampoo with bar shampoo * How to lobby your supermarket to remove unnecessary packaging * How to throw a plastic-free birthday party * How to convince others to join you in giving up plastic Plastic is not going away without a fight. We need a movement made up of billions of individual acts, bringing people together from all backgrounds and all cultures, the ripples of which will be felt from the smallest village to the tallest skyscrapers. This is a call to arms - to join forces across the world and to end our dependence on plastic. #BreakFreeFromPlastic Plastic is not going away without a fight. We need a movement made up of billions of individual acts, bringing people together from all backgrounds and all cultures, the ripples of which will be felt from the smallest village to the tallest skyscrapers. 'Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world' Theresa May 'As Head of Oceans at Greenpeace, Will is on the front line of humanity's global fight against plastic. This timely book not only explains how we got into this mess, but most importantly offers an optimistic and proactive approach as to how we can get out of it'. - Richard Walker, Managing Director at Iceland

The Secret Wisdom of Nature - Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things --- Stories from Science and... The Secret Wisdom of Nature - Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things --- Stories from Science and Observation (Hardcover)
Peter Wohlleben; Translated by Jane Billinghurst
R450 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R93 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Europe - A Natural History (Paperback): Tim Flannery Europe - A Natural History (Paperback)
Tim Flannery 1
R293 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R117 (40%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Vivid, thrilling, a delight ... Tim Flannery is a palaeontologist and ecologist of global standing, and this is a compelling and authoritative narrative of the evolution of Europe's flora and fauna, from the formation of the continent to its near future ... an exciting book, full of wonder' James McConnachie, Sunday Times A place of exceptional diversity, rapid change, and high energy, Europe has literally been at the crossroads of the world ever since the interaction of Asia, North America and Africa formed the tropical island archipelago that would become the continent of today. In this unprecedented evolutionary history, Tim Flannery shows how for the past 100 million years Europe has absorbed wave after wave of immigrant species; taking them in, transforming them, and sometimes hybridising them. Flannery reveals how, in addition to playing a vital role in the evolution of our own species, Europe was once the site of the formation of the first coral reefs, the home of some of the world's largest elephants, and now has more wolves than North America. This groundbreaking book charts the history of the land itself and the forces shaping life on it - including modern humans - to create a portrait of a continent that continues to exert a huge influence on the world today.

Liquid - The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives (Hardcover): Mark A Miodownik Liquid - The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives (Hardcover)
Mark A Miodownik 1
R396 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R126 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

By the author of the best-selling, prize-winning Stuff Matters 'A truly delightful read' Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox 'Exciting, anarchic and surprising' Katy Guest, The Guardian This fascinating new book by the bestselling scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik is an expert tour of the world of the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves that we come across every day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with substances from water and glue to coffee and wine, he shows how these liquids can bring death and destruction as well as wonder and fascination. From Laszlo Biro's revolutionary pen and Abraham Gesner's kerosene to cutting-edge research on self-repairing roads and liquid computers, Miodownik uses his winning formula of scientific storytelling to bring the everyday to life. He reveals why liquids can flow up a tree but down a hill, why oil is sticky, how waves can travel so far, and how to make the perfect cup of tea. Here are the secret lives of substances that we rely on but rarely understand. 'An exhilarating, eye-opening ride' Philip Ball, science writer and author of H2O 'A thrilling read, from start to finish' Tim Radford, author of The Consolations of Physics

Land Of Contrast: Southern Africa's Diverse Biomes (Hardcover): Heinrich van den Berg Land Of Contrast: Southern Africa's Diverse Biomes (Hardcover)
Heinrich van den Berg
R939 R690 Discovery Miles 6 900 Save R249 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Land of contrast delights with the photographic collection of bold and beautiful images. The book depicts the renowned diversity of the different landscapes and life within the eight biomes of the southern African sub-continent. Each of these landscapes, called biomes, are the result of its geology and climate, which determine the soil and vegetation types and eventually the fauna. Life on land is determined by the availability of fresh water and therefore rivers and wetlands form an intrinsic part of each biome. The biomes vary from fynbos, succulent Karoo, Nama Karoo, desert, grassland, Savanna, thicket and forest.

Wyoming Grasslands - Photographs by Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton (Hardcover): Frank H. Goodyear, Charles R. Preston Wyoming Grasslands - Photographs by Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton (Hardcover)
Frank H. Goodyear, Charles R. Preston; Foreword by Dan Flores
R968 Discovery Miles 9 680 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Ecology Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained (Hardcover): Dk The Ecology Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained (Hardcover)
Dk; Foreword by Tony Juniper
R507 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R94 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Encyclopedia of Coastal Science (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2020): Charles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski Encyclopedia of Coastal Science (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2020)
Charles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski
R7,766 R6,881 Discovery Miles 68 810 Save R885 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of the much acclaimed Encyclopedia of Coastal Science edited by M. Schwarz (Springer 2005), presents an interdisciplinary approach that includes biology, ecology, engineering, geology, geomorphology, oceanography, remote sensing, technological advances, and anthropogenic impacts on coasts. Within its covers the Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, 2nd ed. brings together and coordinates many aspects of coastal and related sciences that are widely dispersed in the scientific literature. The broadly interdisciplinary subject matter of this volume features contributions by almost 270 well-known international specialists in their respective fields and provides an abundance of figures in full-color with line drawings and photographs, and other illustrations such as satellite images. Not only does this volume offer a large number of new and revised entries, it also includes an illustrated glossary of coastal geomorphology, extensive bibliographic citations, and cross-references. It provides a comprehensive reference work for students, scientific and technical professionals as well as administrators, managers, and informed lay readers. Reviews from the first edition: Awarded for Excellence in Scholarly and Professional Publishing: "Honorable Mention", in the category Single Volume/Science from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) 2005. "The contents and approach are interdisciplinary and, under a single cover, one finds subjects normally scattered throughout scientific literature." "The topics cover a broad spectrum, so does the geographic range of the contributors. ... besides geomorphologists, biologists, ecologists, engineers, geographers, geologists, oceanographers and technologists will find information related to their respective fields ... . Inclusion of appendices ... is very useful. The illustrated glossary of geomorphology will prove very useful for many of us ... ." Roger H. Charlier, Journal of Coastal Research, Volume 21, Issue 4, Page 866, July 2005. "It is an excellent work that should be included in any carefully selected list of best science reference books of the year "Summing Up: Highly recommended. " M.L. Larsgaard, Choice, Volume 43, Issue 6, Page 989, February 2006. "This volume is a comprehensive collection of articles covering all aspects of the subject: social and economic, engineering, coastal processes, habitats, erosion, geological features, research and observation." ... "As with similar works reviewed, I chose to read articles on familiar topics to see if they covered the expected, and some on unfamiliar topics to see if they could be readily understood. The book passed both tests, but the style is denser and more fact-filled than most of the encyclopedias I have reviewed." John Goodier, Reference Reviews, Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 35-36, 2006

The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Arthur N. Popper, Anthony Hawkins The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Arthur N. Popper, Anthony Hawkins
R7,891 R6,508 Discovery Miles 65 080 Save R1,383 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The meeting of Aquatic Noise 2013 will introduce participants to the most recent research data, regulatory issues and thinking about effects of man-made noise and will foster critical cross-disciplinary discussion between the participants. Emphasis will be on the cross-fertilization of ideas and findings across species and noise sources. As with its predecessor, The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life: 3rd International Conference will encourage discussion of the impact of underwater sound, its regulation and mitigation of its effects. With over 100 contributions from leading researchers, a wide range of sources of underwater sound will be considered.

Liquid - The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives (Paperback): Mark A Miodownik Liquid - The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives (Paperback)
Mark A Miodownik 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Sometimes explosive, often delightful, occasionally poisonous, but always fascinating: the secret lives of liquids, from one of our best-known scientists A series of glasses of transparent liquids is in front of you: but which will quench your thirst and which will kill you? And why? Why does one liquid make us drunk, and another power a jumbo jet? From the bestselling author of Stuff Matters comes a fascinating tour of the world of these surprising or sinister substances - the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves we all encounter every day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with water, wine, oil and more, Miodownik shows that liquids are agents of death and destruction as well as substances of wonder and fascination, and - just as in Stuff Matters - his unique brand of scientific storytelling brings them and their mysterious properties alive in a captivating new way.

Invasive Species - Risk Assessment and Management (Paperback): Andrew P. Robinson, Terry Walshe, Mark A. Burgman, Mike Nunn Invasive Species - Risk Assessment and Management (Paperback)
Andrew P. Robinson, Terry Walshe, Mark A. Burgman, Mike Nunn
R922 Discovery Miles 9 220 In stock

With climate change and increasing globalisation of trade and travel, the risks presented by invasive pests and pathogens to natural environments, agriculture and economies have never been greater, and are only increasing with time. Governments world-wide are responding to these increased threats by strengthening quarantine and biosecurity. This book presents a comprehensive review of risk-based techniques that help policy makers and regulators protect national interests from invasive pests and pathogens before, at, and inside national borders. Selected from the research corpus of the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis at the University of Melbourne, this book provides solutions that reflect scientific rigour coupled with practical, hands-on applications. Focusing on surveillance, stochastic modelling, intelligence gathering, decision making and risk communication, the contents combine the strengths of risk analysts, mathematicians, economists, biologists and statisticians. The book presents tested scientific solutions to the greatest challenges faced by quarantine and biosecurity policy makers and regulators today.

Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics - From Molecules to Man (Paperback): Boyan Bonev, Nick Brown Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics - From Molecules to Man (Paperback)
Boyan Bonev, Nick Brown
R1,379 R984 Discovery Miles 9 840 Save R395 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days
Climate Change and Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling (Paperback): Gordon Bonan Climate Change and Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling (Paperback)
Gordon Bonan
R997 Discovery Miles 9 970 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Climate models have evolved into Earth system models with representation of the physics, chemistry, and biology of terrestrial ecosystems. This companion book to Gordon Bonan's Ecological Climatology: Concepts and Applications, Third Edition, builds on the concepts introduced there, and provides the mathematical foundation upon which to develop and understand ecosystem models and their relevance for these Earth system models. The book bridges the disciplinary gap among land surface models developed by atmospheric scientists; biogeochemical models, dynamic global vegetation models, and ecosystem demography models developed by ecologists; and ecohydrology models developed by hydrologists. Review questions, supplemental code, and modeling projects are provided, to aid with understanding how the equations are used. The book is an invaluable guide to climate change and terrestrial ecosystem modeling for graduate students and researchers in climate change, climatology, ecology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, meteorology, environmental science, mathematical modeling, and environmental biophysics.

Cave Life of Oklahoma and Arkansas - Exploration and Conservation of Subterranean Biodiversity (Paperback): G. O. Graening,... Cave Life of Oklahoma and Arkansas - Exploration and Conservation of Subterranean Biodiversity (Paperback)
G. O. Graening, Dante B. Fenolio, Michael E. Slay
R763 Discovery Miles 7 630 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Speleobiology, the study of cave life, is a relatively new science. The diversity of species that live in caves, springs, and aquifers is just beginning to be documented, and much of the underground world has yet to be explored. The surveys of cave life reported in this book represent an important step forward in understanding the biodiversity of caves in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The project whose research led to the publication of "Cave Life of Oklahoma and Arkansas" began in the 1970s as a study of Ozark cavefish and expanded to encompass two states and involve a number of research topics and collaborators. The authors and their team donned snorkeling gear, cave suits, and climbing harnesses and descended into caves in Oklahoma and Arkansas to study, inventory, and photograph this hidden world.
The result is a comprehensive checklist of the region's cave fauna, complete with descriptions of these rare animals' distribution and ecological niches. The cast of characters ranges from familiar and charismatic species, such as cave crayfish and gray bats, to rare and bizarre fauna, such as blind salamanders and cave dung beetles. More than 175 full-color illustrations include stunning, never-before-seen photographs (from the cameras of Dave Bunnel, Tim Ernst, and Dante B. Fenolio, among others)of cave animals--even some newly discovered species. The authors also address conservation of subterranean biodiversity, discussing not only threats to cave life such as invasive species, resource extraction, and habitat loss, but also current methods of preservation and protection, including legislation, land acquisition, people management, and cave gates. The book's appendices provide a comprehensive cave bibliography and checklists of subterranean animals for each cave.
Speleology is critical to science. Subterranean organisms are key indicators of groundwater quality, and their adaptations can lead to advances in medicine. "Cave Life of Oklahoma and Arkansas "advances our knowledge of, and can thus help us save, subterranean ecosystems--among the world's last frontiers.

Eager - The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter (Paperback): Ben Goldfarb Eager - The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter (Paperback)
Ben Goldfarb 1
R283 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R85 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of Beaver Believers including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. Eager is a powerful story about one of the world s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it s about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travellers on this planet.

Bayou-Diversity 2 - Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country (Hardcover): Kelby Ouchley Bayou-Diversity 2 - Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country (Hardcover)
Kelby Ouchley
R503 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R108 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Life In Your Garden - Gardening for Biodiversity (Hardcover): Reeser Manley, Marjorie Peronto The Life In Your Garden - Gardening for Biodiversity (Hardcover)
Reeser Manley, Marjorie Peronto
R609 R569 Discovery Miles 5 690 Save R40 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Ocean Outbreak - Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease (Hardcover): Drew Harvell Ocean Outbreak - Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease (Hardcover)
Drew Harvell
R489 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R105 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

There is a growing crisis in our oceans as rates of infectious disease outbreaks are on the rise. Marine epidemics have the potential to cause a mass die-off of wildlife from the bottom to the top of the food chain, impacting the health of ocean ecosystems as well as lives on land. Fueled by sewage dumping, unregulated aquaculture, and drifting plastic in warming seas, ocean outbreaks are sentinels of impending global environmental disaster. Ocean Outbreak follows renowned scientist Drew Harvell and her colleagues as they investigate how four iconic marine animals--corals, abalone, salmon, and starfish--have been devastated by disease. Based on over twenty years of research, this firsthand account of the sometimes creeping, sometimes exploding impact of disease on our ocean's biodiversity ends with a hopeful message. Through policy changes and the implementation of innovative solutions from nature, we can reduce major outbreaks, save some ocean ecosystems, and protect our fragile environment.

Quantum Concepts in the Social, Ecological and Biological Sciences (Hardcover): Fabio Bagarello Quantum Concepts in the Social, Ecological and Biological Sciences (Hardcover)
Fabio Bagarello
R1,358 R1,280 Discovery Miles 12 800 Save R78 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Quantum mechanics is traditionally associated with microscopic systems; however, quantum concepts have also been successfully applied to a diverse range of macroscopic systems both within and outside of physics. This book describes how complex systems from a variety of fields can be modelled using quantum mechanical principles; from biology and ecology, to sociology and decision-making. The mathematical basis of these models is covered in detail, furnishing a self-contained and consistent approach. This book provides unique insight into the dynamics of these macroscopic systems and opens new interdisciplinary research frontiers. It will be an essential resource for students and researchers in applied mathematics or theoretical physics who are interested in applying quantum mechanics to dynamical systems in the social, biological or ecological sciences.

Water in Plain Sight - Hope for a Thirsty World (Paperback): Judith Schwartz Water in Plain Sight - Hope for a Thirsty World (Paperback)
Judith Schwartz
R289 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R83 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
James Lovelock et al. The Earth and I (Hardcover): James Lovelock James Lovelock et al. The Earth and I (Hardcover)
James Lovelock; Illustrated by Jack Hudson; Contributions by Martin Rees, Edward O. Wilson, Lisa Randall, … 1
R609 R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Save R181 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"We are buried beneath mountains of fast-accumulating data. In such circumstances, this book, rather than adding to the data load, aims to offer real understanding." -James Lovelock Human 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 approach our present and future? What knowledge should we carry with us? Conceived by James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia theory, this illustrated essay collection brings together an all-star lineup of thinkers and scientists to offer essential understanding about who we are, how we live, and where we might be going. Much as the Gaia theory considers our Earth as an integrated whole of living systems, The Earth and I encourages holistic understanding. Across 12 chapters, we take in both the intricate details and immense structures of our species and our planet, from our ever-expanding universe to our minuscule but mighty cells. We see stellar explosions and the layers of life beneath our feet, delve into the neuroscience of decision-making, get to grips with our climate, and contemplate our increasing intimacy with technology. The book's world-class contributors include quantum physicist Lisa Randall, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson, and Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel. With lively illustrations from British artist Jack Hudson, the result is an inspiration for curious minds young and old, and a trusted tool kit for an informed and enlightened future.

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