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James Lovelock is an example to every scientist

By Philip Hunter  

James Lovelock: not afraid to admit he's been wrong

The words of a nonagenarian may never have been so eagerly awaited as those of James Lovelock when he addressed a Royal Society dinner earlier this month. Lovelock, creator of the controversial Gaia hypothesis, is certainly still capable of original thinking, and it was his verdict on recent environmental controversies—such as the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia—that his audience wanted to hear.

The Gaia hypothesis, which…

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