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This paperback edition has been revised and updated from the original hardback published in 2000.
James Lovelock tells the fascinating story of his life as an independent scientist and how he came to develop his inventions and theories. He has filed more than 50 patents, including one for the electron capture detector that was important in the development of environmental awareness, in connection with both the detection of pesticide residues in the environment and the discovery of the global distribution of CFCs. He also tells us about the work he has done for organizations such as NASA, the Ministry of Defence, The Marine Biological Association, and many companies such as Shell and Hewlett Packard.
From his childhood days in south London to a job as a lab assistant – his first crucial steps to becoming a scientist, from chemistry at Manchester University to the Medical Research Council during World War II, his voyage to the Arctic, taking his family to America, returning to England and fighting to save the ozone layer, his quest for gaia, then into the nineties and a stream of awards, including a CBE from the Queen. James Lovelock has led a fulfilling life and has been widely recognized by the international scientific community.
2. The Long Apprenticeship
3. Twenty years of Medical Research
4. The Mill Hill Institute
5. The First Steps to Independence at Houston, Texas
6. The Independent Practice of Science
7. The ECD
8. The Ozone War
9. The Quest for Gaia
10. The Practical Side of Independent Science
11. Building Your Own Bypass
12. Three Score Years and Ten and then the Fun Begins
"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."
– Sunday Times (London)