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A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

Walter Alvarez

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ISBN 10: 152004643X / ISBN 13: 9781520046433
Published by Dreamscape Media, 2016
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Title: A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of ...

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Audio CD

Book Condition:New

Edition: Unabridged.

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Big History, the field that studies the entire known past of our universe to give context to human existence, has so far been the domain of historians. Geologist Walter Alvarez-best known for his Impact Theory explaining dinosaur extinction-makes a compelling case for a new, science-first approach to Big History. He brings a scientist's view to the human story, from the creation of our universe and our planet, the rise of life, the movement of our continents and its effect on human migration, to humanity's ascendance due to our mastery of Earth's natural resources. Alvarez's illuminating observations will give readers a new appreciation of the events, from the Big Bang to the Bronze Age and beyond, that have led to the human situation.

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A wonderful account of Big History by a geologist. And not just any geologist, but the geologist who showed that the dinosaurs were done in by an unlucky asteroid strike! Alvarez writes with precision and great charm. And he reminds us how absurdly improbable is the role we play in this colossal story, and how many things had to go right for you and me to exist.--David Christian, founder of the field of Big History and author of Maps of Time

Evocative Alvarez [enables] readers to experience the power of Big History."

Evocative...Alvarez [enables] readers to experience the power of Big History.

[Alvarez] revels in the unlikely reality of life on Earth . . . enabling readers to experience the power of Big History.

Engaging.

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