Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel

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Dorion Sagan
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 205 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Indomitable Lynn by Dorion Sagan
1
Tale ofTales by Jorge Wagensberg
28
The Passionate Lynn Margulis by Niles Eldredge
47
A Brief History
54
At Work on the Linnaean Task
68
The Battle of Balliol by Martin Brasier
74
Margulis at Oxford
80
NeoDarwinism and the Group Selection Controversy
86
Big History Symbiosis
126
Lynn Sagan and LSD by Rich Doyle
143
David
150
No Subject Too Sacred by Joanna Bybee
156
Next to Emily Dickinson by Terry Y Allen
163
An Education by Emily Case
171
With Love and Squalor by Betsey Dexter Dyer
179
Selected Works by Lynn Margulis
185

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95
The Cultural Dimensions of Lynn Marguliss Science
103
A Ferocious Intelligence by David Abram
115

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Dorian Sagan is a scientist, and is the author or co-author of numerous articles and 23 books translated into 11 languages. He has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, Wired, The Ecologist, The Times Higher Educational Supplement and many other magazines and journals. His books include Notes from the Holocene, What is Life?, Origins of Sex and Into the Cool, co-authored with Eric .D. Schneider.

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