Portrait of a planet bent on revenge

The Vanishing Face of Gaia By James Lovelock Allen Lane, €18

21st February, 2009

In July, James Ephraim Lovelock will be 90 years old and this, his eighth ‘Gaia’ book, has rather the feeling of a last word and testament. I hope it isn’t, because, among his many other achievements, he is an entertaining and provocative writer.

For those still unaware of him, Lovelock is the English scientist who, in the 1960s, advanced the hypothesis that the earth behaves like a sort of living super-organism. It...

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