We are proud to present this issue of Geochemical Perspectives. It relates the personal odyssey of Wally Broecker, from his first days at university to his viewpoint now, looking back over a panorama of 60 years in science. Through his broad and deep experience and his ability to think analytically, he has played a central role in the development of our understanding of the carbon cycle. His narrative tells some of the events in perhaps the most riveting geoscientific story of our generation – the discovery of the interdependency of climate and the oceans.

In contrast with a classical scientific...

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