(ANSA) – TRIEST, July 27 – Jim Lovelock died last night. He was 103 years old and considered an icon of 20th century science.
A chemist and scientist, a member of the Royal Society, collaborated, among other things, in the NASA space programs that brought the Viking probe to Mars, inventing detectors that were supposed to check for life on the Red Planet. Versatile, he was also interested in environmental issues and, in fact, was also known for developing the method that allowed the ozone hole to be identified, as well as for proposing the bold Gaia theory according to which the Earth is a kind of living organism.
Lovelock in 1996 was awarded the Nonino Award for “Masters of Our Time” and since 1997 has been part of the jury for the same award. The prize was awarded in 1996 by Ermanno Olmi, who emphasized how the English scientist was “the founder of the new discipline, geophysics”, and tackled the topic he tackled in his most famous book, Gaia.
New Ideas on Ecology” (Ed. Bollati – Boringhieri), where Lovelock referred to as Gaia the image that dominates Esidio’s ‘Theogony’, the poem written between the eighth and seventh centuries BC.” Lovelock’s ideas are those of a solo thinker and contributed to the reduction of modern scientific tensions, always bearing in mind that the harmony of the world in which we live cannot be violated with impunity, ”explained Olmi. The Gaia hypothesis is very suggestive: according to Lovelock, the whole planet will be a kind of being A living in which individual elements are active components. Components that interact to maintain the conditions that allow life as a single organism. In 2020, he published “Novasin – The Age of Hyper-intelligence, with Brian Appleard translated into Italy, like his other books, Polatti Borengiri.”
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