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A most improbable journey : a big history of our planet and ourselves

Author: Walter Alvarez
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Famed geologist Walter Alvarez expands our view of human history by revealing the cosmic, geologic, and evolutionary forces that have shaped us. 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. In The Little Book of Big History, geologist Walter Alvarez--best known for his 'Impact Theory' explaining dinosaur  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Alvarez
ISBN: 9780393292695 039329269X
OCLC Number: 960699659
Description: 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Big history, the Earth, and the human situation --
[1] Cosmos --
From the Big Bang to Planet Earth --
[2] Earth --
Gifts from the Earth --
A planet with continents and oceans --
A tale of two mountain ranges --
Remembering ancient rivers --
[3] Life --
Your personal record of life history --
[3] Humanity --
The great journey --
Being human --
Epilogue --
What was the chance of all this happening? --
Appendix 1: Further resources --
Appendix 2: Figure sources.
Responsibility: Walter Alvarez.

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Famed geologist Walter Alvarez expands our view of human history, revealing the cosmic, geologic and evolutionary forces that have shaped us.  Read more...

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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 Read more...

 
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