A Most Improbable Journey

A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

Expand your view of human history by exploring the cosmic and geologic forces that shaped us.

By Walter Alvarez Read by Adam Verner History - Other / Nonfiction / Outdoors & Nature / Science English, Unabridged 6h 6m Sell Sheet
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5 Audio CDs November 29, 2016 $49.99 $39.99 9781520046396 Add to Cart
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							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 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.

"Evocative...Alvarez [enables] readers to experience the power of Big History." - Science

"Fans of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything will appreciate Alvarez's enthusiastic, clearly written tour of contingencies that have shaped our world...A compelling case for Big History as a fun, perspective-stretching exercise - a way to dust off familiar topics and make them sparkle." - Science News