Origins: How Earth'S History Shaped Human History

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Origins: How Earth'S History Shaped Human History

Origins: How Earth'S History Shaped Human History

A New York Times-bestselling author explains how the physical world shaped the history of our speciesWhen we talk about human history, we often focus on great leaders, population forces, and decisive wars. But how has the earth itself determined our destiny? Our planet wobbles, driving changes in climate that forced the transition from nomadism to farming. Mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece. Atmospheric circulation patterns later on shaped the progression of global exploration, colonization, and trade. Even today, voting behavior in the south-east United States ultimately follows the underlying pattern of 75 million-year-old sediments from an ancient sea. Everywhere is the deep imprint of the planetary on the human.From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states,Origins reveals the breathtaking impact of the earth beneath our feet on the shape of our human civilizations.Review"Origins is a Big History, a grand synthesis that draws from many fields.... Mr. Dartnell's breezy style is full of word play, setting him far from the plodding crowd of many science writers."?Wall Street Journal"Dartnell's approach is encyclopedic, marked by both a broad sweep and a passion for details."?Washington Post"Dartnell's story is beautifully written and organized. His infectious curiosity and enthusiasm tug the reader from page to page, synthesizing geology, oceanography, meteorology, geography, palaeontology, archaeology and political history in a manner that recalls Jared Diamond's classic 1997 bookGuns, Germs, and Steel."?Nature"Fascinating."?The Guardian (UK)"Behind the human brilliance that historians recognize in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece,Dartnell discerns the effects of the plate-tectonic geology that created environments favorable to suchinnovation. To Dartnell's acute eye, later periods of human history likewise reflect the geodynamics of anevolving planet....Penetrating geosciencedelivers the surprising backstory of human history."?Booklist"A thoughtful history of our species as a product of 4 billion years of geology.... Dartnell is an engaging guide through millions of years of history. An expert chronicle of the Earth that culminates in human civilization."?Kirkus Reviews"Extraordinary book... Dartnell offers a new perspective on the relationship between human beings and their planet... Dartnell understands geology, geography, anthropology, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and history. That's quite an achievement, but what makes him special is the way he communicates the interconnectedness of these disciplines in a clear, logical and entertaining way...Superb."?The Times (UK)"The perfect blend of science and history. This is a book that will not only challenge our preconceptions about the past, but should make us think very carefully about humanity's future. Five stars."?Mail on Sunday (UK)"The central project of this book -- providing a geological take on human history -- is well illustrated and at moments, surprising."?Publishers Weekly"A sweeping, brilliant overview of the history of not only of our species but of the world. Whether discussing the formation of continents or the role that climate (and climate change) has had on human migration, Lewis Dartnell has a rare talent in being able to see the big picture -- and explaining why it matters."?Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk RoadsAbout the AuthorLewis Dartnell is a Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster. Before that, he completed his biology degree at the University of Oxford and his PhD at UCL, and then worked as the UK Space Agency research fellow at the University of Leicester, studying astrobiology and searching for signs of life on Mars. He has won several awards for his science writing and contributes to theGuardian,The Times, andNew Scienti

Specification of Origins: How Earth'S History Shaped Human History

AuthorDartnell, Lewis
PublisherBasic Books
Publication Year14-05-2019
Height6.4 inch.
Length 1.35 inch.
Width 9.55 inch.
Weight1.2 pounds.

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