|Title||Planet Earth: A Beginner's Guide|
|Author(s)||John Gribbin (with Mary Gribbin)|
|Description||In this lively expedition into the origins, evolution and workings of our planet, John Gribbin does what he does best: gathers 4.5 billion years of geological history and shares the best bits.
Taking an astronomer's perspective, Gribbin follows Earth's development from its beginnings in cosmic gas and dust to the explosion of human life after the last ice age, combining stories of scientific discovery with gripping accounts of geological activity - earthquakes, volcanoes, and climate change. Along the journey we consider Lord Kelvin's time-scale for the life of the sun; the meteorologist who first championed the idea of continental drift; and an intriguing proposal that Earth has expanded substantially in recent millennia.
Told in Gribbin's dynamic and beloved voice, this is the perfect introduction to geology and an essential guidebook for anyone wanting to better appreciate the wonders of our shared home.
|Book Dimensions||Width: 5.06″ (5 1/16″)|
|Height: 7.81″ (7 13/16″)|
|Depth: 0.56″ (9/16″)|
|Contents||Foreword, ten (10) chapters, Epilogue, Appendix 1: The Earth in Numbers, Appendix 2: The timescales of planet Earth, Further reading, Acknowledgements, Index|
|Typeset||Cenveo Publisher Services, Bangalore, India|
|Published||January 19, 2012|
|Publisher||Oneworld Publications (www.oneworld-publications.com)|
|Copyright||© John and Mary Gribbin 2012|
|Printed in / Bound in||Great Britain by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon, CR0 4YY|
|Book Format||Paperback, Kindle|
"Here really is everything you might want to know about the bowels of the Earth - and inevitably about plate tectonics, the atmosphere, and more ... An intimate exploration of this unusual (at least in our solar system) and beautiful planet." — Brian Clegg - author of Inflight Science and Before the Big Bang
"Concisely, authoritatively, and very clearly, John Gribbin has produced an engaging and very up-to-date picture of how the Earth and it organisms have developed over time. A wonderful narrative." — Andrew Goudie - Emeritus Professor in Geography at the University of Oxford
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|Other||John Gribbin is the bestselling author of In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, The Scientists, Deep Simplicity, and In Search of the Multiverse. He trained as an astrophysicist at the University of Cambridge and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex, England.|
"More than fear for personal safety, I felt a growing apprehension for all of us living on a planetary crust so fragilely afloat atop such terrible heats and pressures. Never again, it came to me then and remains with me to this day, would I regain my former complacency about this world we live on."I read this quote more than twice after reading the chapter listing the tragic volcanic events that took place in Earth's history. Take note because as you finish this book, you'll think twice about our planet, its functions and its 'serial killer' tendencies against us humans living in this home currently, as it did back before the rise of humans. That, and this quote, ultimately are the skepticism considered as you continue life here.
— Rowe Findley, writer for National Geographic (quoted by Gribbin, 2012 ed, p. 110)
"If planet Earth is to continue to be a comfortable home for humankind, we are going to have to learn to live in harmony with the natural systems that have allowed life to flourish here for thousands of millions of years. And we are going to have to learn that lesson soon." (Gribbin, 2012 ed, p. 153)How soon is what my question would be. Hard to say despite all the pollution being ascended into the atmosphere due to our technological innovations, numerous industrial waste and more. This and other issues are up for debate, but then again, will the rest of the world be able to adapt if such changes will commence? I'm not sure, but we will see.