Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
There are many theories about the origin and fate of earth. They range from religion to science to science fiction. Robert Hazen’s theory revolves around minerals, time, and Darwinism.
The nature and history of earth suggest yesterday, today, or tomorrow may be the beginning of the end for human life. Hazen suggests, as long as space-ship-earth is humanity’s only safe harbor, human survival is probabilistic.
contained a lot of good information; covered a wide range of topics relating to earth history and the history of the universe. actually gave a pretty good treatment of dark matter, as i recall. did not have a lot of unnecessary fluff. good listen.
The narrator seemed as if he was showing a praying mantis to a group of six year olds. Then again, a story about rocks could easily drone on, and this narration did not.
written and read in a clear and easy to follow manner. looking forward to another listen someday. the more complex subjects were still presented in a palatable way for laymen such as myself.
The author manages to avoid that happy fate in the last hour of his presentation by indulging in a fit of poetic hysteria. I saw it coming, of course. It includes a despirate need to colonize Mars and ended [ I am not making this up] with killer attack penquins.
The information given is astonishing and could inspire the next generation. From geology to paleontology, and a cozy reference to biology, this book is a brilliant told story of the earth from the very beginning until the possible future. This book is amazingly written, wonderfully narrated and a treat for any geology and biology enthusiast. I strongly recommend it.
As a geologist, this book provides an excellent review of Earth history with a focus on defining moments over the 4.5 billion years since Earth was born.
Geology and Earth Science is usually made to be boring in schools. I hadn't realized how wrong that is until I listened to this book. the story of our planet is pretty dam exciting and interesting. It just took a professor with passion and story telling ability to show me that. Bravo!
While the information was interesting enough, the narration sounded computer generated. I nearly fell asleep a few times. It would also have been helpful when the reader was reading a section title that he state it as such.
I found the book to be well written and well read. As a professional geologist I found that I even learned a few things. I highly recommend it.