Geochemistry and the Biosphere: Essays by Vladimir I. Vernadsky is the meticulously edited and accessible first English translation of the original Russian essays by Vladimir I. Vernadsky (1863-1945). Vernadsky is the highly venerated father of several geo-based disciplines, including geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and radiogeology. He wrote the first scientific theory about the “biosphere,” the life zone of the earth, and in the process laid the groundwork for planetary thinking. Geochemistry and The Biosphere contains Vernadsky’s groundbreaking work on the biosphere and the noösphere, as well as his seminal work on geochemistry. A recognized catalyst written over sixty years ago, this premier scientific work addresses in detail humanity’s impact on the living systems of the planet. An understanding of Vernadsky’s work is absolutely crucial to grasping planetary processes and acting as better stewards of the earth.
These are important points to reflect and give us a greater perspective on what is going in our world today. As we now see and feel the effects of human thought on the environment in the form of global warming, and continually bear witness to humanity’s tendency toward self-destruction, to consider that we are actually bringing about the noosphere is both a comfort and a cause for the upleveling of our minds. Vernadsky concludes in a reflection that seems even more appropriate now than when he wrote these words at the end of the Second World War: