A highly entertaining and accessible introduction to our planet from the bestselling author of In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, The Scientists, and In Search of the Multiverse
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.
“Concisely, authoritatively, and very clearly, John Gribbin has produced an engaging and very up-to-date picture of how the Earth and its organisms have developed over time. A wonderful narrative.”
– Andrew Goudie - Emeritus Professor in Geography at the University of Oxford
“John Gribbin has done it again! Another first-rate account of a subject of immense importance, and beautifully written. From the fires within to the icy poles, the restless continents and dynamic atmosphere, this is a superb introduction to the inner and outer workings of the planet we call home.”
– Lewis Dartnell
“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 The Universe Inside You