James Lovelock by John Gribbin
In Search of Gaia

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In 1972, when James Lovelock first proposed the Gaia hypothesis--the idea that the Earth is a living organism that maintains conditions suitable for life--he was ridiculed by the scientific establishment. Today Lovelock's revolutionary insight, though still extremely controversial, is recognized as one of the most creative, provocative, and captivating scientific ideas of our time. James Lovelock tells for the first time the whole story of this maverick scientist's life and how it served as a unique preparation for the idea of Gaia.

Drawing on in-depth interviews with Lovelock himself and unprecedented access to his private papers, John and Mary Gribbin paint an intimate and fascinating portrait of a restless, uniquely gifted freethinker. In a lifetime spanning almost a century, Lovelock has followed a career path that led him from chemistry, to medicine, to engineering, to space science. He worked for the British secret service and contributed to the success of the D-Day landings in World War II. He was a medical experimenter and an accomplished inventor. And he was working with NASA on methods for finding possible life on Mars when he struck upon the idea of Gaia, conceiving of the Earth as a vast, living, self-regulating system.

Deftly framed within the context of today's mounting global-warming crisis, James Lovelock traces the intertwining trajectories of Lovelock's life and the famous idea it brought forth, which continues to provoke passionate debate about the nature and future of life on our planet.


About John Gribbin

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John Gribbin is the author of "In Search of Schrdinger's Cat" (Bantam) and "Deep Simplicity" (Random House), among other books. He is a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. Mary Gribbin has written many books with John Gribbin, including "The Science of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials"" (Knopf) and "Richard Feynman: A Life in Science" (Dutton).
Published April 20, 2009 by Princeton University Press. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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The Vanishing Face of Gaia James Lovelock Allen Lane £20, pp178 He Knew He Was Right: The Irrepressible Life of James Lovelock and Gaia John and Mary Gribbin Allen Lane £20, pp240 James Lovelock's latest musings on the fate of our planet are blessed with a chilling subtitle: "A Final Warning" i...

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Author and Earth Sciences professor Ward (of the Univ.

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The Independent

There is no sign of diminution, however, of James Lovelock's intellectual powers or his energy, no slipping in the logic of his thinking, the logic which led remorselessly from his proclamation of Gaia the protector, to the role he plays now as ringer of the planetary alarm bells, and which he ta...

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The Telegraph

Lovelock, like many others, is receptive to another idea that .

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Soon, perhaps as soon as this year, Lovelock says, he intends to fly into space on Sir Richard Branson's new passenger spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, so that he can "catch a glimpse of the Earth I have lived with all my life".

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