Homage to Gaia: The Life of an Independent Scientist

Homage to Gaia: The Life of an Independent Scientist

by James Lovelock, J. E. Lovelock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198604297

ISBN-13: 9780198604297

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press


With over fifty patents to his name and a stream of awards--including one from the Queen of England--James Lovelock is a distinguished scientist who has been widely recognized by the international scientific community.

In this inspiring autobiography, Lovelock tells the story of his life as an independent scientist--from his first job as a lab assistant to his

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With over fifty patents to his name and a stream of awards--including one from the Queen of England--James Lovelock is a distinguished scientist who has been widely recognized by the international scientific community.

In this inspiring autobiography, Lovelock tells the story of his life as an independent scientist--from his first job as a lab assistant to his energetic crusade to save the ozone layer. We see how Lovelock came to develop his inventions and theories--he recounts the history behind his famous Gaia theory and talks us through his many inventions. We learn about the electron capture detector, which was extremely important in the development of environmental awareness, revealing for the first time the ubiquitous distribution of pesticide residues in the environment and the global distribution of CFCs. He talks about his work with NASA, where his ideas were adopted in the program for planetary exploration. And he tells about the work he has done for organizations like the Ministry of Defence, The Marine Biological Association, and companies such as Shell and Hewlett Packard.

Written in a sharp and energetic style, James Lovelock's book will entertain and inspire anyone interested in science or the creative spirit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198604297
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Plates and Figure
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Childhood7
2The Long Apprenticeship37
3Twenty Years of Medical Research67
The Voyage on HMS Vengeance in 194987
4The Mill Hill Institute101
The Year in Boston111
My Last Years at the Mill Hill Institute120
5The First Steps to Independence at Houston, Texas139
6The Independent Practice of Science147
Shell152
The Security Services160
Hewlett Packard170
Inventions176
7The ECD181
8The Ozone War191
The Voyage of the Shackleton in 1971-2195
The Voyage of the Meteor in 1973216
9The Quest for Gia227
10The Practical Side of Independent Science265
Computers274
The Royal Society278
The Marine Biological Association281
Living in Ireland285
Coombe Mill295
11Building Your Own Bypass309
12The Score Years and Ten and then the Fun Begins349
13Epilogue383
Index393

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