Mankind taken as a whole is becoming a mighty geological force. There arises the problem of the reconstruction of the biosphere in the interests of freely thinking humanity as a single totality. This new state of the biosphere, which we approach without our noticing it, is the noösphere.

Vladimir Vernadsky

Born: March 12, 1863

Died: January 6, 1945 (Age 81)

Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky was a Russian, Ukrainian, and Soviet mineralogist and geochemist who is considered one of the founders of geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and radiogeology, and was a founder of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (now National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). He is most noted for his 1926 book The Biosphere in which he inadvertently worked to popularize Eduard Suess' 1885 term “biosphere,” by hypothesizing that life is the geological force that shapes the earth. In 1943 he was awarded the Stalin Prize.

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The Biosphere and the Noösphere
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January 1945
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A general intellectual outlook of one of the most remarkable scientific leaders of the early 20th century, focusing on a predicted historical and planetary phase transition in which humanity becomes a united force. Published in American Scientist Vol. 33, No. 1.



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