A highly entertaining and accessible introduction to our planet from the best-selling author of Schrödinger's Cat, The Scientists, and In Search of the Multiverse. In this incredible expedition into the origins, workings, and evolution of our home planet, John Gribbin does what he does best: takes four and a half billion years of mind-boggling science and digs out the best bits. From the physics of Newton and the geology of Wegener, to the environmentalism of Lovelock, this is a must-listen for Earth's scientists and residents alike.
Think you know the ground beneath your feet? Prepare to be surprised as you listen to Planet Earthfrom the popular Bolinda Beginner Guides series. From Pangaea to plate tectonics, all your favorite concepts from fifth grade geology are here. But just as exciting as the story of our planet is the story of how our understanding of it has evolved through centuries of speculation and mythmaking to a scientific process that has given new language to our understanding and appreciation of the rock we call Earth. Narrator Andrea Powell brings a warmth and accessibility to Josh Gribbon's text. The result allows the listener to reach across time to see the world as it existed before humans were around to marvel at it.
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A Good Review
For anyone who enjoys hearing about the the birth of our universe and movements of the continents I would recommend this book. If you are familiar with John Gribbin then you will trust the contents of the book as well researched.
Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" is similar, but more expansive. Richard Fortey's "Life" also covers a lot of this material. As far as the material is concerned... the more resources the better!
Monotone can kill the best of books. Ms. Powell has a nice energy and a subtle accent that is easy on the ears.