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  • Title: A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves
  • Author: Walter Álvarez
  • ISBN: 9781520046433
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Audio CD

  • 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 crBig 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.
    Walter Álvarez
    Walter lvarez is a professor of geology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of the best selling T Rex and the Crater of Doom He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and a past recipient of the Penrose Medal, the highest award given by the Geological Society of America He lives in Berkeley, California.

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    Commentaires:

    Jamie
    Having already read about the topics covered in this book from schooling, I felt this book was a kind of just a "refresher" of information for me. However, it is still a fascinating book on cosmology, biology, and geology. (great section on how Nebulas are created) This information is easily understandable, so I would recommend this to anyone who would like to discover how our Earth works, how it was created, and the last four billion years of its history (that we know of so far).

    Allison
    I LOVED this book on so many levels. I loved that it reminded me of how fleeting, and how severely insignificant we are. I loved that lulled me into perspective. I loved that it could successfully equate the macro-universe with the micro-elements of our planet, and make that all make perfect sense. I loved how it concluded that nothing is predictable, that even the physics of numeracy is actually weirdly unpredictable, at least for our brains at this point in time. I absolutely loved the introdu [...]

    Gary
    I just love Alvarez. He did more to change my world view than almost any other living person. He opened my eyes (and countless other peoples') by providing for an explanation that transcended my ability to initially accept. Before his explanation for his comet, creationist roamed the earth, now they are rarer but unfortunately not extinct (sure in America they are about 45% creationist but they hide that fact from rational thinking beings. It used to be they were in your face, but seldom anymore [...]

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    A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves by Walter Alvarez“A Most Improbable Journey” is an awe-inspiring and accessible history of our planet and ourselves that combines the cosmos, earth, life and humanity. Famed geologist and professor at the University of California, Berkely, Walter Alvarez takes the reader on a stimulating ride through our planet’s history and the incredible occurrences that have led us to where we are today. This inspiring 256-page book in [...]

    Charlene
    I was really disappointed in this book. The title alone should have clued me into the way Alvarez views the world. I, like Alvarez, am in love with the rocks and what they tell us. I too am wooed by the story of Earth-- how it came to be, how we came to be, and how everything upon it came to be. It's magical. Alvarez and I can agree on that. However, when it comes to how likely it was that Earth and humans came to exist at all, Alvarez would have a much nicer time talking to Dawkins and the rest [...]

    Holly
    Walter Alvarez – known as the geologist who theorized the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs (the Chicxulub event) – is now a scholar of “big history.” This book is an exercise in big history and was my introduction to the field (or is it? see last paragraph), though I know a historian named David Christian has an $85 college textbook on it. Is big history the same as “global history” of Lynn Hunt and Jo Guldi and David Armitage's History Manifesto? I haven't read those (ye [...]

    Dale
    Working my way slowing along books en espanol. I knew of Alvazrez's work some of the science behind it, but his telling of the story of--well, of everything--and just how unlikely it is that we are all here is good reading in any language.

    Walt
    A very clear, high-level view of how our earth and its inhabitants evolved over time. The author gives you a more realistic look of how l-o-n-g it took in time (millions & millions of years) to get to where we are today on this planet.

    Steve Van Slyke
    I thoroughly enjoyed his T. Rex and the Crater of Doom and thus was eager to read this as soon as it came out. I think I would have given it 5 stars if I hadn't already read as much as I have about the various subjects he covers. I think it's greatest appeal may be to those who haven't read a great deal about geology and science and want to know more about the history of Earth and how it relates to the evolution of life from bacteria to homo sapiens.

    Peter Mcloughlin
    This is a very short book on the 13.8 billion year history of the universe from the big bang to the present. Obviously, there is going to be some compactness on the coverage of topics. The first section is about the evolution of the universe from the big bang until the formation of the Earth. The next section is on the Geological history of the Earth. The third section is on life. The fourth section is on Humans and finally where humanity stands these days. It is good to get a glimpse at the big [...]

    Melanie
    Long ago I went to a seminar by Walter Alvarez and his father on their discovery of the iridium layer and subsequent theory of an asteroid impact causing the extinction of the dinosaurs (except for birds). Pretty amazing. So this history of the Earth sounded really, really interesting to me. Here's a person who really knows his stuff. But he didn't keep to the stuff he knows and he dumbed it down to the point that a fifth grader might be bored. Also his fixation on what he calls "big history" is [...]

    Mal Warwick
    UC Berkeley professor Walter Alvarez tackles the emerging field of Big History from his perspective as a geologist, viewing himself as “a historian of the Earth.” In A Most Improbable Journey, he writes about the universal context in which human life has emerged.A planet in a constant state of fluxBeginning with the Big Bang and rushing through the intervening 13.8 billion years at top speed, he focuses on the geological processes through which the Earth was formed and progressively re-forme [...]

    Barbara Adde
    I've been wanting to read about history in just this perspective- this was a 101 level, I think. Will look for Gould and Bryson's books. But overall, well done.

    Peter Goodman
    “A Most Improbable Journey: a Big History of our planet and ourselves,” by Walter Alvarez (Norton, 2017). Alvarez is the geologist whose team found the buried crater in the Yucatan that proved that the dinosaurs were wiped out when a huge asteroid slammed into the earth. Big History, he says, is a concept founded by David Christian. It combines every element of science, from particle physics to cellular biology to geology and paleontology and anthropology, to create a synthesis that describe [...]

    PWRL
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    Steve
    An interesting take on what is referred to as Big History, covering the origins of the cosmos, Earth, Life, and Humanity. Accessible to non-science people, but not so dumbed down that someone with a solid science foundation would feel insulted. I thought Alvarez did a good job of including his own ground-breaking scientific work without it becoming a major focus of the book. A worthwhile read for those interested in Big History, especially if you don't have the time to read Bryson's Brief Histor [...]

    Donald W May
    EXCELLENT , WALTER A TERRIFIC SYNTHESIZER OF VARIOUS SCIENCESMr. Alvarez is an excellent author and geologist. The concept of "big history" is a great way to tie many aspects of our past into a cohesive narrative.I wish this book could have been longer, or that the author will write another book on the same theme.

    Stephen
    This book truly reads like a campfire chat with a very pedagogical teacher.

    Phyllis
    An exciting way to view the strands of life as they affect each other; geology, geography, culture, physics

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