By James E. Lovelock

ISBN-10: 1468311603

ISBN-13: 9781468311600

Bestselling writer of The Revenge of Gaia James Lovelock—the nice medical visionary of our age—presents a thorough imaginative and prescient of humanity's future

Now in his ninety fifth yr, James Lovelock has been hailed as "the guy who conceived the 1st totally new approach of taking a look at existence in the world considering the fact that Charles Darwin" (Independent) and "the so much profound clinical philosopher of our time" (Literary Review).

A tough trip to the longer term introduces new Lovelock­ian rules. the 1st is that 300 years in the past, whilst Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he used to be un­knowingly starting what Lovelock calls "accelerated evolu­tion," a approach that's bringing approximately switch on our planet approximately one million instances quicker than Darwinian evolution. the second one is that as a part of this strategy, humanity has the means to turn into the clever a part of Gaia, the self-regulating earth method whose discovery Lovelock first an­nounced approximately fifty years ago.

A tough experience to the longer term is additionally an highbrow autobiography, within which Lovelock displays on his existence as a lone scientist, and asks—eloquently—whether his occupation trajec­tory is feasible in an age of elevated bureaucratization.

We at the moment are altering the ambience back, and Lovelock argues that there's little that may be performed approximately this. yet rather than feeling accountable, we must always realize what's occurring, organize for swap, and confirm that we live to tell the tale as a species which will give a contribution to—perhaps even guide—the subsequent evolution of Gaia. the line may be tough, but when we're clever sufficient, lifestyles will proceed in the world in a few shape some distance into the long run.

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We conclude that the LIDT at 1064 nm in this case is > 79 J/cm2; which is to say that since, at 79 J/cm2, neither has the number of non-propagating damage sites exceeded 25 nor has propagating damage occurred, the former will exceed 25, or the latter will occur, only at a fluence > 79 J/cm2. This is a very adequate LIDT for ns class Z-Backlighter laser pulses at 1054 nm. 5 J/cm2. This, then, is the NIF-MEL LIDT in this case, and it is well below the > 10 J/cm2 required for the ns class Z-Backlighter laser pulses at 527 nm.

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