Public lecture on ‘Revolutions that made the Earth'

Posted by mjs76 at Feb 28, 2012 04:30 PM |
Find out on 5 March how geological and environmental upheavals have created our world - and what might happen next.

Our Department of Geology presents the annual Bennett Lecture on Monday 5 March, delivered by Professor Tim Lenton from the University of Exeter.

'Revolutions that made the Earth' is the title of Professor Lenton’s lecture and also of a book which he co-authored last year. In both book and lecture, he presents “a new synthesis of Earth and life science, which tries to reconcile Gaia and natural selection, to show the way forward for Earth system science.”

Professor Lenton will talk about how the Earth that sustains us today was born out of a few remarkable, near-catastrophic revolutions, started by biological innovations and marked by global environmental consequences. These revolutions have certain features in common and we would not exist unless these upheavals had led eventually to 'successful', stable outcomes.

The current planet-reshaping activities of our species may be the start of another great Earth system revolution, but there is no guarantee this will be successful. The lecture considers what a successful transition might look like, if we are wise enough to steer such a course.

The Bennett Lecture is free and open to the public. It takes place in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Bennett Building at 6.00pm on Monday 5 March 2012. For more information, contact Gail Andrews at or on 0116 252 3921

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