Archive for November 5th, 2012


Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Lynn Margulis

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of A Scientific Rebel is now available in our bookstore.

Publishers Weekly recently praised the collection, saying, “There are two kinds of great scientists, writes former American Society of Microbiology president Moselio Schaechter in this eclectic, sometimes electrifying, book about biologist Lynn Margulis. There are those making ‘impressive experiments’ and those making ‘groundbreaking theoretical syntheses.’ Margulis was the latter….This is a captivating read for anyone interested in what powers great scientists.”

Collated by Margulis’s son Dorion Sagan, the book includes contributions from many of Lynn’s colleagues and friends — all of them revolutionary thinkers of one kind or another. This unique anthology includes essays that cover her early collaboration with James Lovelock, her critique of neo-darwinism, her support of David Griffin’s critique of the official account of 9/11, her love of Emily Dickinson, her inspiration of young scientists, especially women, and much more.

Other recent reviews have also praised this collection of essays as a fitting tribute to a rebel who influenced, and inspired, many.

“Taken as a whole, Sagan’s collection is a fitting tribute to a woman whose life and legacy have touched so many others,” noted Foreword Reviews. “As [Sagan] notes, her indomitable spirit lives on through her children, grandchildren, colleagues, and students—and most of all, through the work that she championed so well.”

Don Mikulecky wrote this thoughtful and in-depth review of the book for DailyKos, saying, “If you know about Margulis’ work you still need to read this book because it is a multifaceted view of this magnificent person and her ideas and puts her wok into a context that enriches our understanding.”

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.


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