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Homage to Gaia: The Life of an Independent Scientist
     

Homage to Gaia: The Life of an Independent Scientist

by James Lovelock
 

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James Lovelock describes how he became of the world's greatest thinkers. From his childhood in south London to his first steps as a scientist, his work with organisations as diverse as NASA, Shell and the Marine Biological Association, Homage to Gaia describes the years of travel and work that led to Lovelock's crucial scientific breakthroughs in environmental

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James Lovelock describes how he became of the world's greatest thinkers. From his childhood in south London to his first steps as a scientist, his work with organisations as diverse as NASA, Shell and the Marine Biological Association, Homage to Gaia describes the years of travel and work that led to Lovelock's crucial scientific breakthroughs in environmental awareness. From Lovelock's discovery of how CFCs are distributed globally and their impact on the ozone layer to the concept of Gaia, the theory that Earth is a self-regulating system. Homage to Gaia follows James Lovelock's struggle to develop a theory that would redefine how we see the Earth while coming to terms with what it means to be a responsible "child" of Earth. Lovelock's quest for Gaia has led to the founding of the Green movement and created a theory that is now the basis for almost all climate science. Homage to Gaia is essential, if at times uncomfortable, reading for anyone interested in the interaction between science and the environment. It is the personal account of the extraordinary life of one of the most influential writers of the twentieth-century.

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"there is much more than science in this book ... This is ultimately an uplifting book about the way life ought to be, both at a personal and at a global level, and a strong contender for science book of the year."—Sunday Times

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ISBN-13:
9780285642560
Publisher:
Souvenir Press
Publication date:
03/01/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

James Lovelock is an independent scientist, inventor, and author. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974 and in 1975 received the Tswett Medal for Chromatography. In 1988 he was a recipient of the Norbert Gerbier Prize of the World Meteorological Organization, and in 1990 was awarded the first Amsterdam Prize for the Environment by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Further awards include the Nonino Prize and the Volvo Environment Prize in 1996, and Japan's Blue planet prize in 1997. Her Majesty the Queen made him a CBE in 1990. One of his inventions is the electron capture detector, which was important in the development of environmental awareness. It revealed for the first time the ubiquitous distribution of pesticide residues. He co-operated with NASA and some of his inventions were adopted in their programme of planetary exploration.

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