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ISBN: 9781603584463
Year Added to Catalog: 2012
Book Format: Hardcover
Book Art: Color Insert
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Number of Pages: 216
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green
Release Date: October 8, 2012
Web Product ID: 692

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Lynn Margulis

The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel

by Dorion Sagan

"Although she could be a bulldog, her heart was soft and her spirit loving beneath the scientific realpolitik of her conversation and the insistent tough-mindedness of her sometimes strident and blunt, withering and refreshingly unadorned opinions."

Dorion Sagan, from the introduction

ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Bronze Winner in Biography

Tireless, controversial, and hugely inspirational to those who knew her or encountered her work, Lynn Margulis was a scientist whose intellectual energy and interests knew no bounds. Best known for her work on the origins of eukaryotic cells, the Gaia hypothesis, and symbiogenesis as a driving force in evolution, her work has forever changed the way we understand life on Earth.

When Margulis passed away in 2011, she left behind a groundbreaking scientific legacy that spanned decades. In this collection, Dorion Sagan, Margulis’s son and longtime collaborator, gathers together the voices of friends and colleagues to remark on her life and legacy, in essays that cover her early collaboration with James Lovelock, her fearless face-off with Richard Dawkins during the so-called “Battle of Balliol” at Oxford, the intrepid application of her scientific mind to the insistence that 9/11 was a false-flag operation, her affinity for Emily Dickinson, and more.

Margulis was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1983, received the prestigious National Medal of Science in 1999, and her papers are permanently archived at the Library of Congress. Less than a month before her untimely death, Margulis was named one of the twenty most influential scientists alive— one of only two women on this list, which include such scientists as Stephen Hawking, James Watson, and Jane Goodall.

With contributions from:
  • Dorion Sagan
  • Jorge Wagensberg
  • Moselio Schaechter
  • Andre Khalil
  • James Lovelock
  • Bruce Clarke
  • Niles Eldredge
  • Michael F. Dolan
  • Jan Sapp
  • Michael J. Chapman
  • Martin Brasier
  • Denis Noble
  • Josh Mitteldorf
  • Stefan Helmreich
  • William Irwin Thompson
  • David Ray Griffin
  • John B. Cobb Jr.
  • David Abram
  • Peter Westbroek
  • Rich Doyle
  • Lynn Margulis
  • Joanna Bybee
  • Terry Y. Allen
  • Penny Boston
  • Emily Case
  • David Lenson
  • Betsey Dexter Dyer

About the Author

Dorion Sagan

Award-winning writer and sleight-of-hand artist Dorion Sagan is author or co-author of numerous articles and twenty-three books translated into eleven languages, including Notes from the Holocene: A Brief History of the Future and Into the Cool, coauthored with Eric D. Schneider. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, Wired, the Skeptical Inquirer, Pabular, Smithsonian, the Ecologist, Co-Evolution Quarterly, the Times Higher Education, Omni, Natural History, The Sciences,, and Tricycle.


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