Earth Shock by Andrew Robinson
Climate Complexity and the Force of Nature

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What causes an earthquake? When will another big shock shake Tokyo or Los Angeles? Can people create deserts and eventually wipe out a civilization? Or are deserts and droughts entirely beyond human control? How are ozone layer and greenhouse effect interlinked? Is global warming a force of Nature - or of man? This book, illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned artwork, explains the latest scientific insights into these fiercely debated, life-and-death questions. Our predecessors, such as Newton and Einstein, built science gradually upon their faith in some fundamental simplicity in Nature: what they called Nature's laws. Today our view is one of Chaos and Complexity, as we grapple with the intricacies of how everything - natural and human - interacts. But understanding these interactions has never been more urgent: for we now find ourselves increasingly at the mercy of planet-threatening upheavals unleashed by our own actions. Andrew Robinson, a King's Scholar at Eton, holds degrees from Oxford University and from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His books include "The Shape of the World: The Mapping and Discovery of the Earth" (1990), which accompanied a six-part television series.
 

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Andrew Robinson is the author of acclaimed works on Rabindranath Tagore, and the editor of three screenplays by Satyajit Ray. He is literary editor of "The Times Higher Education Supplement."
 
Published October 1, 1993 by Thames & Hudson. 304 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Mixing lively narrative with informative graphics and spectacular photographs, Robinson ( The Shape of the World: The Mapping and Discovery of the Earth ) has produced an absorbing book. He traces the

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Mixing lively narrative with informative graphics and spectacular photographs, Robinson ( The Shape of the World: The Mapping and Discovery of the Earth ) has produced an absorbing book.

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