A Most Improbable Journey by Walter Alvarez
A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

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The science is impeccable, the history a tad simplistic. An Ascent of Man–like approach to the subject of Big History would be most welcome, but this isn’t quite it.
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“A thrilling synthesis from a brilliant scientist who discovered one of the most important chapters in our history.” —Sean B. Carroll


Big History, the field that integrates traditional historical scholarship with scientific insights to study the full sweep of our universe, has so far been the domain of historians. Famed geologist Walter Alvarez—best known for the “Impact Theory” explaining dinosaur extinction—has instead championed a science-first approach to Big History. Here he wields his unique expertise to give us a new appreciation for the incredible occurrences—from the Big Bang to the formation of supercontinents, the dawn of the Bronze Age, and beyond—that have led to our improbable place in the universe.

 

About Walter Alvarez

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Walter Alvarez 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. Steve Dutch
 
Published November 15, 2016 by W. W. Norton & Company. 246 pages
Genres: History, Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction
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The science is impeccable, the history a tad simplistic. An Ascent of Man–like approach to the subject of Big History would be most welcome, but this isn’t quite it.

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