Vernadsky's Biosphere Concept: An Historical Perspective

  title={Vernadsky's Biosphere Concept: An Historical Perspective},
  author={Alexej M. Ghilarov},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  pages={193 - 203}
  • A. M. Ghilarov
  • Published 1 June 1995
  • Geology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
PERHAPS it is no accident that as we approach the end of this century, some ideas that had emerged at its beginning are being reexamined by the scientific community. Although they are rarely embraced in their original form, one can consider them at least as interesting and even as stimulating as more recent hypotheses. Thus Williams (1992), discussing some aspects of the Gaia concept (Lovelock, 1979, 1988), reminded us of an old book, The Fitness of the Environment: An Inquiry into the… 
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