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A most improbable journey : a big history of our planet and ourselves, Walter Alvarez

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A most improbable journey : a big history of our planet and ourselves
Title
A most improbable journey
Title remainder
a big history of our planet and ourselves
Statement of responsibility
Walter Alvarez
Title variation
Big history of our planet and ourselves
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Language
eng
Summary
"Famed geologist Walter Alvarez expands our view of human history by revealing the cosmic, geologic, and evolutionary forces that have shaped us. 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. In The Little Book of Big History, 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 and stories 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. Through entertaining, bite-sized chapters, The Little Book of Big History will send readers out in a thousand different directions to learn more"--Provided by publisher
Summary
Famed geologist Walter Alvarez expands our view of human history by revealing the cosmic, geologic, and evolutionary forces that have shaped us
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1940-
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Alvarez, Walter
Dewey number
550
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Cosmology
  • Earth (Planet)
  • Historical geology
  • Human evolution
  • Human beings
  • World history
  • Contingency (Philosophy)
  • Contingency (Philosophy)
  • Cosmology
  • Historical geology
  • Human beings
  • Human evolution
  • World history
  • Earth (Planet)
Target audience
adult
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a big history of our planet and ourselves
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A most improbable journey : a big history of our planet and ourselves, Walter Alvarez
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Title on image of dust jacket on publisher's website: The little book of big history : what science tells us about the cosmos, earth, life, and humanity
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-236) and index
  • "Further resources": pages 199-209
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Contents
Prologue. Introduction. 1. Big history, the earth, and the human situation -- Cosmos. 2. From the big bang to Planet Earth -- Earth. 3. Gifts from the earth ; 4. A planet with continents and oceans ; 5. A tale of two mountain ranges ; 6. Remembering ancient rivers -- Life. 7. Your personal record of life history -- Humanity. 8. The great journey ; 9. Being human -- Epilogue. 10. What was the chance of all this happening?
Control code
ocn937452589
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780393292695
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)937452589
Label
A most improbable journey : a big history of our planet and ourselves, Walter Alvarez
Publication
Copyright
Note
Title on image of dust jacket on publisher's website: The little book of big history : what science tells us about the cosmos, earth, life, and humanity
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-236) and index
  • "Further resources": pages 199-209
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Prologue. Introduction. 1. Big history, the earth, and the human situation -- Cosmos. 2. From the big bang to Planet Earth -- Earth. 3. Gifts from the earth ; 4. A planet with continents and oceans ; 5. A tale of two mountain ranges ; 6. Remembering ancient rivers -- Life. 7. Your personal record of life history -- Humanity. 8. The great journey ; 9. Being human -- Epilogue. 10. What was the chance of all this happening?
Control code
ocn937452589
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780393292695
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)937452589

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