Bryan Appleyard

Gaia Help Us

The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back – and How We Can Still Save Humanity

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Allen Lane The Penguin Press 176pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

James Lovelock will be eighty-seven this year. For the last forty-five years he has been an entirely independent scientist, unattached to any institution. He is qualified in medicine, chemistry and biophysics. He is garlanded with scientific awards in all these fields. He also makes his own instruments, for which he has filed more than fifty patents. He invented and made the electron-capture detector, a tiny instrument that remains the gold standard for detecting atmospheric pollution. He created the discipline known as Earth System Sciences and, in the Gaia hypothesis, created the most potent and urgent scientific vision of our time. (He is also a friend of mine.) 

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