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The Biosphere: Complete Annotated Edition

By: Vladimir Vernadsky and David Langmuir

192 pages, no illustrations


Hardback | Dec 1998 | #70637 | ISBN: 038798268X
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Though long unknown in the West, Vladimir Vernadsky's The Biosphere, first published in 1926 (in Russian), revolutionized our view of Life on Earth. The ideas laid forth in this publication helped found numerous scientific fields and originated the concept of `life as a geological force' that forms the foundation of Gaia theory. This is the first reputable English edition which includes Mark McMenamin's extensive annotations explaining the structure of Vernadsky's arguments and their modern relevance.


Long unknown in the West, The Biosphere established the field of biogeochemistry and is one of the classic founding documents of what later became known as Gaia theory. It is the first sustained expression of the idea that life is a geological force that can change Earth's landforms, its climate, and even the contents of its atmosphere. A complete, unabridged translation has never before been available in English. This edition - complete with extensive annotations, an introductory essay placing the work in its historical context and explaining its relevance to readers today, and a foreword cosigned by a stellar group of international experts - will be the definitive edition of this classic work. "What Darwin did for life through time, Vernadsky did for life through space on a geological scale".

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