A Most Improbable Journey

A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves
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Product Number: Z100105496
Released: Nov 15, 2016
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ISBN: #9781520046419
Narrator/s: Adam Verner
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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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Author(s): Walter Alvarez
Genre: Science

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A Most Improbable Journey
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Author(s): Walter Alvarez
Narrator(s): Adam Verner
Genre: Science
Product Number DD28234
Released: Nov 15, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781520046396

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"Geologist Walter Alvarez considers "big history" as he links humanity to the chain of events that the big bang began, all leading to you. Adam Verner sounds amazed as he narrates both the science and the more human parts. Each facet of the discussion includes relatable anecdotes, such as one about the life of a mule skinner involved in building the Mount Wilson Observatory who eventually earned an honorary doctorate for his observations there. Verner's lively narration infuses topics that are often dry with energy. He even has fun with humorous material such as a comparison of nature's formations of mountains to the making of a very sloppy sandwich. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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