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Homage to Gaia: The Life of an Independent Scientist

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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 c
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 6th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 28th 2000)
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Peter Tillman
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, sci-tech
This is his autobiography, written at age 80. Lovelock is best-known for formulating the Gaia hypothesis, that the Earth is, metaphorically, a global superorganism: life regulates its environment to be more favorable for life, by the familiar and everyday process of natural selection. For example, a higher CO2 level in the atmosphere will result in more luxuriant plant growth, which will lower the CO2 content [1].

Lovelock, who has a Ph.D in medicine, had a long career as a working scientist and
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Alex Lee
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, bio, science
This is Lovelock's autobiography written when he was 80. He has had a fairly impressive career, and has taken an interdisciplinary path learning in great experiential detail a kind of science that would not be readily available today. Pretty interesting book, full of information and various anecdotal detail. I thought this would be more about Gaia than about himself, but I am glad that I did read it.
J.j. Gallego
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uno de mis libros favoritos, un repaso por la vida de este científico odiado por sus ideas entonces y ahora. Más allá de lo discutibles de estas, no deja de ser un libro fantástico
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James Ephraim Lovelock, CH, CBE, FRS, is an independent scientist, author, researcher, environmentalist, and futurist who lives in Devon, England. He is known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, in which he postulates that the Earth functions as a self-regulating system.
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