James Lovelock is an independent scientist, environmentalist, and originator of the Gaia theory which considers the earth as 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. 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. 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' international awards include the Balzan Prize and the World Cultural Council's Einstein Award. Edward O. Wilson is a biologist, naturalist, and University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard, hailed as the "father of biodiversity." 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. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. 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.
"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."