A rough ride to the future is also an intellectual autobiography in which lovelock reflects on his life as a lone scientist and asks eloquently whether his career trajec tory is possible in an age of increased bureaucratization we are now changing the atmosphere again and lovelock argues that there is little that can be done about this. Rough ride not to be confused with jon turneys rough guide to the future is an important book but it is also flawed and i wanted to get those flaws out of the way as ive awarded it four stars for the significance of its content rather than its well written nature. In a rough ride to the future james lovelock the great scientific visionary of our age presents a radical vision of humanitys future as the thinking brain of our earth system james lovelock who has been hailed as the man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on earth since charles darwin independent and the most profound scientific thinker of our time . A rough ride to the future is a lovelock book which discusses humanitys role in maintaining the earth during this period of extensive climate change as usual his writing is framed within his gaia theory and is designed to provoke discussion positive reception as with other lovelock works he puts arguments on climate change forward in prose that both laymen and scientists can understand. In a rough ride to the future lovelock outlines a new theory he argues that since 1712 the year in which the newcomen steam engine was created we have moved into a new age the anthropocene
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