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James Lovelock:
In Search of Gaia
John Gribbin & Mary Gribbin

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"[An] absorbing new biography . . . the Gribbins' enormous scientific knowledge and clarity of expression make equally comprehensible Lovelock's initial Gaian vision, and the frightening conclusion to which it has now led him."--Independent

"[O]ne of the great scientific biographies, featuring a brilliantly lucid account of the evolution of the Gaia theory."--Literary Review

"The Gribbins are the best science writers around. . . . [A]s a one-stop source on the life and works of one of the greatest figures of 20th-century thought, this book is unmissable."--Henry Gee, BBC Focus

"[G]ives a good sense of Lovelock's inspirational, independent spirit."--Sunday Telegraph

"The Gribbins have written a friendly, affectionate account of Lovelock interspersed with a useful history of earth system science."--Roger Gathman, Austin American-Statesman

"Writers John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin present Lovelock's life story in a very open manner, blending the economic consequences of his life decisions with personal and scientific themes. They present a historical narrative of the development of the Gaia theory, but in doing so they achieve a far richer outcome--a clear understanding of the core elements of the Gaia theory itself."--Choice

"It is engaging, well researched, well written and accessible to non-specialists. Anyone who is interested in life on Earth, or in the achievements of a remarkable man who has done much to deepen our understanding of life, should read the Gribbins' homage to Lovelock. It is a delight."--William Grey, Australian Review of Public Affairs

"This carefully crafted book outlines the history of ideas on global change along with Lovelock's life and contributions. It is well written, accessible to educated readers with a general science background. . . . I recommend it highly."--R.F. Diffendal, Jr., Great Plains Research


"This book is an homage to Lovelock. The Gribbins have spent time with him, looked at his personal archives with him, and obviously the book is coming out of a deep admiration for his work. The biographical chapters are interspersed with science chapters, including a good one on the history of our understanding of the greenhouse effect, and others that cover Earth's biogeochemical cycles."--Tyler Volk, author of CO2 Rising

"James Lovelock is one of the great thinkers of our time. His ideas and inventions have opened up new insights into our planet and the way it works, and the story behind them will appeal to a very wide audience. I am pleased to recommend this book."--Chris Rapley, director of the Science Museum, London

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