The Human Experiment

The Human Experiment

Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
A behind-the-scenes account of the two-year experiment during which eight people sealed themselves within a 3.15-acre biosphere cut off from the outside world offers insight into the human issues faced by its participants, who survived life-threatening levels of deprivation, labor, and interpersonal conflict.

Perseus Publishing
It’s a story that has never been told until now.

Imagine being sealed into a closed environment for two years cut off from the outside world with only seven other people enduring never-ending hunger, severely low levels of oxygen, and extremely difficult relationships. Crew members struggled to survive in Biosphere 2, where they swore nothing would go in or out no food or water, not even air all in the name of science.

For the first time, biospherian Jane Poynter who lived and loved in the Biosphere is ready to share what really happened in there. She takes readers on a riveting, fast-paced trip through shattered lives, scientific discovery, cults, love, fears of insanity, and inspiring human endurance.

The eight biospherians who closed themselves into the Biosphere emerged 730 days later much wiser, thinner, and having done what many had said was impossible.


Reasearch Associates
It’s a story that has never been told ... until now.


Publisher Group West
In 1982, Buckminster Fuller asked a group of unconventional idealists, “If you guys don’t build a biosphere, who will?” Many scientists said it couldn't be done, doctors feared its inhabitants would be poisoned or infected by some killer bug. But, nine years later, the group of colorful mavericks accomplished the impossible, and four men and four women walked into the first man-made biosphere and sealed themselves into Biosphere 2. For two years they were completely cut off from the rest of the world, which they called Biosphere 1. The biospherians, as they were known, farmed all their food, recycled their water and even the oxygen they breathed in their hermetically sealed world. The rainforest, savannah, desert, ocean, and marsh became their in vitro test subjects for ecological research. But the glass and steel structure made a pressure cooker, their human foibles boiling to the surface in what some named the Human Experiment.


Blackwell North Amer
It's a story that has never been told … until now. Imagine being sealed into a closed environment for two years — cut off from the outside world with only seven other people — enduring never-ending hunger, severely low levels of oxygen, and extremely difficult relationships. Crew members struggled to survive in Biosphere 2, where they swore nothing would go in or out — no food or water, not even air — all in the name of science. For the first time, biospherian Jane Poynter — who lived and loved in the Biosphere — is ready to share what really happened in there. She takes readers on a riveting, fast-paced trip through shattered lives, scientific discovery, cults, love, fears of insanity, and inspiring human endurance. The eight biospherians who closed themselves into the Biosphere emerged 730 days later… much wiser, thinner, and having done what many had said was impossible.


Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781560257752
156025775X
Branch Call Number: 574.5 P877h
Characteristics: viii, 368 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm

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