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Origins: How The Earth Made Us
作者 Lewis Dartnell
出版社 Bodley Head
ISBN 9781847924360
分類 Natural Science > Science History
價格 HK$224.00
 
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Why do so many of us eat cereal for breakfast?

Is it because we like the taste? Because it's so readily available?

Or because 20 millions years ago, a certain species of plant colonised the same hospitable land that humanity did?

Why is the world the way it is? If we follow chains of explanation as far back as they go – and keep asking, like a curious child, ‘Why? Why? But WHY?’ – the answers become more and more amazing. We reach the point where history becomes science.

In this ultimate origin story, Professor Lewis Dartnell investigates how the fabric and activity of our planet have governed our evolution, influenced civilisations over millennia, and continue to shape our lives today.

Plate tectonics and ancient climate change, atmospheric circulation and ocean currents – Origins unravels the human story by exposing vast webs of connections that stretch deep into the past, underwrite our modern world and help us face the challenges of the future.

It may even change how you look at your bowl of cereal tomorrow morning…


About the Author:

Lewis Dartnell is a UK Space Agency research fellow at the University of Leicester, in the field of astrobiology and the search for signs of life on Mars. He has won several awards for his science writing, and contributes to the Guardian, The Times and New Scientist. He has also written for television and appeared on BBC Horizon, Sky News, Wonders of the Universe, Stargazing Live and The Sky at Night.

A tireless populariser of science, his theory on how the heisters could have saved the gold bullion in the cliff-hanging ending of The Italian Job was mocked on Have I Got News For You. His previous books include Sunday Times bestseller The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World After an Apocalypse, Life in the Universe: a Beginner’s Guide and the illustrated children’s book My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and Beyond.




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