Thank you for deciding to give us your feedback in helping the Science Museum to name a new exhibition, opening in 2014.

The questionnaire should take around 5 minutes to complete.

The closing date for feedback is 12 noon on Thursday 9th January 2014.

Firstly, please could you tell us about your relationship with the Science Museum
  Have you ever visited the Science Museum?
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  And was your last visit...?
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  When you last visited the Museum, did you visit...?
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We would now like you to consider a new exhibition that is being planned for the Science Museum
  Listed below are possible names for this new exhibition (the list is just different names for the same exhibition). Which name, if any, sounds the most interesting to you? In other words, if you just saw the name of the exhibition, which name would encourage you the most to find out more about the exhibition and possibly even visit?
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Please look at the information about the new exhibition to get an idea about what you might see

James Lovelock is one of our best-known living scientists whose most famous work on the Gaia theory - describing Earth as a self-regulating system - has profoundly shaped the way many scientists think about the planet.

This exhibition puts Lovelock’s archive - recently acquired by the Science Museum - on public display for the first time. The archive is a record of the fascinating and unusual career of an inventor and scientist working across disciplines as diverse as medicine and environmental science, atmospheric chemistry and space exploration.

Letters, manuscripts and photos, sketches, scribbles and doodles not only reveal the extraordinary scope of Lovelock’s work, but also give glimpses into his creative mind and charismatic personality.
Key themes will include:

How Gaia theory began as a flash of inspiration and developed to become both revered and reviled, polarising opinions among scientists. The exhibition takes the visitor from Gaia theory’s earliest conception, right up to an exploration of modern day debates that still surround it.

The lesser known story of Lovelock the inventor - the organised chaos of his home lab, his hand-made prototypes and his prolific and successful inventing career.

Lovelock’s contributions to many different areas of science - from medicine and chemistry to space exploration and air pollution.

Lovelock the man - his creative mind, sense of humour, personality and quirks.

Items on display in the exhibition will include:

Lovelock’s school reports - revealing a reluctant pupil with a passion for the natural world.

Lovelock’s original notebooks, ideas, thoughts on modern science in his own handwriting and unpublished work.

James Bond-style stories from Lovelock’s own imagination where the hero-scientist saves the day.

The Electron Capture Detector - small but mighty, it is Lovelock’s most important inventions.

The well-worn watchmakers lathe that Lovelock used to build many of his numerous inventions.

An every-day kitchen storage jar - re-engineered into a device that tested equipment that went to Mars.

The home-made gas chromatography equipment that journeyed to the Antarctic and back, and played an important part in our current understanding of global atmospheric polution.

Early handwritten drafts of his widely-selling Gaia books

The stories will be told through:

Displays of Lovelock’s archive and objects collected from his laboratory.

Film footage of Lovelock and his contemporaries reflecting on the ideas and debates around Gaia theory.

Film footage of Lovelock talking about his life and career.

Images of the unique working environment of Lovelock’s lab

An interactive exhibit exploring the science behind Gaia theory.

The exhibition will open April 2014 and will be free to enter. It is delivered as part of the Climate Changing programme, the Museum’s ongoing programme of events, exhibitions and installations relating to climate change.
  Now that you know more about the exhibition, is there a name for the exhibition that you think fits best with this description?
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  The exhibition will be free to enter. Given the description of the new exhibition you have just seen, how likely are you to visit the exhibition?
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  With the help of the Science Museum email newsletter subscribers we have named the Museum's new permanent gallery 'Information Age', due to open September 2014.

In finalising the last few details of the gallery, which story, if any, would entice you to visit the most?

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  When you visit the Science Museum, which of the following, if any, are key reasons for your visit?
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