A Most Improbable Journey

A Most Improbable Journey

A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

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Big History, the field that integrates traditional historical scholarship with scientific insights to study the full sweep of our universe, has so far been the domain of historians. Famed geologist Walter Alvarez--best known for the "Impact Theory" explaining dinosaur extinction--has instead championed a science-first approach to Big History. Here he wields his unique expertise to give us a new appreciation for the incredible occurrences--from the Big Bang to the formation of supercontinents, the dawn of the Bronze Age, and beyond--that have led to our improbable place in the universe.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393292695
Branch Call Number: 550
Characteristics: 246 pages : maps, illustrations ; 25 cm


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Feb 04, 2017

On one level this is an easy short book reviewing the science of our existence from the perspectives of cosmology, geology, and biology and also human history. The author introduces the importance of contingency or unpredictable chance in our history. The chance that a large meteor would cross Earth's path and cause the impact that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs and rise of mammals was improbable. Without the evolution of trilobite eyes, shelled animals-our fossils-might not have developed at that time. The Spanish armada was in part defeated by a wind that happened to be blowing the right direction one night, and so we speak English.


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