Dorion Sagan, “Dissipative Spacescapes and Living Buildings: Four Billion Years of Architectonic Earth”
As astronauts have sublimely recognized, Earth is a place – indeed, one that disappears when, orbiting, they pass to its “dark side” and it becomes a black circle where there are no stars. Tracing the amazing more-than-human distributed architectonics of Earth, Dorion Sagan does his own fly-by of the history of this extraordinary planet, not built so much as grown, from sunloving bacterial skyscrapers known as stromatolites to the living buildings we are.
Self-described as an artist stuck in the body of a science writer, the writer, theorist, and independent scholar, Dorion Sagan is author or coauthor of twenty-five books translated into fifteen languages, including several with biologist Lynn Margulis on planetary biology and evolution by symbiosis. He has also collaborated with Eric D. Schneider on the thermodynamics of life, and theoretical biologist Josh Mitteldorf on the evolution of aging. With his parents Carl Sagan and Lynn Margulis, he is first author of the entries for both “Life” and “Extraterrestrial Life” in the Encyclopædia Britannica.
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