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A most improbable journey : a Big History of our planet and ourselves, Walter Alvarez

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A most improbable journey : a Big History of our planet and ourselves
Title
A most improbable journey
Title remainder
a Big History of our planet and ourselves
Statement of responsibility
Walter Alvarez
Title variation
  • Big history of our planet and ourselves
  • Little book of Big History
Title variation remainder
what science tells us about the cosmos, earth, life, and humanity
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"One in a million doesn't even come close. Not when we're talking about the odds that you would happen to be alive today, on this particular planet, hurtling through space. Almost fourteen billion years of cosmic history, over four billion years of Earth history, a couple million years of human history, the rise and fall of nations, the unbroken string of generations necessary to lead to you--it's staggering to consider. Yet behind everything in our world, from the phone in your pocket to even the force of gravity itself, lies a similarly grand procession of highly improbable events. This panoramic viewpoint has captured the imaginations of historians and scientists alike, and together they've created a new field--Big History--that integrates traditional historical scholarship with scientific insights to study the full sweep of our universe and its past. Famed geologist Walter Alvarez--best known for the impact theory explaining dinosaur extinction--has championed a science-first approach to Big History, and A Most Improbable Journey is one of the first Big History books to be written by a scientist rather than a historian. Alvarez wields his unique expertise and infectious curiosity to give us a new appreciation for the incredible occturences--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."--Dust jacket
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YDXCP
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1940-
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Alvarez, Walter
Dewey number
550
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Cosmology
  • Cosmology
  • Earth (Planet)
  • Earth (Planet)
  • Historical geology
  • Geology
  • Human evolution
  • Human evolution
  • Human beings
  • Human beings
  • Civilization
  • Natural history
  • World history
  • History
  • Contingency (Philosophy)
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A most improbable journey : a Big History of our planet and ourselves, Walter Alvarez
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Copyright
Note
Title on image of dust jacket on publisher's website: The little book of Big History : what science tells us about the cosmos, earth, life, and humanity
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-236) and index
  • "Further resources" (pages 199-209) ; "Future sources" (pages 210-216)
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Big History, the Earth, and the human situation -- Cosmos. From the Big Bang to Planet Earth -- Earth. Gifts from the Earth ; A planet with continents and oceans ; A tale of two mountain ranges ; Remembering ancient rivers -- Life. Your personal record of life history -- Humanity. The great journey ; Being human -- Epilogue. What was the chance of all this happening?
Control code
ocn937452589
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780393292695
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)937452589
Label
A most improbable journey : a Big History of our planet and ourselves, Walter Alvarez
Publication
Copyright
Note
Title on image of dust jacket on publisher's website: The little book of Big History : what science tells us about the cosmos, earth, life, and humanity
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-236) and index
  • "Further resources" (pages 199-209) ; "Future sources" (pages 210-216)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Big History, the Earth, and the human situation -- Cosmos. From the Big Bang to Planet Earth -- Earth. Gifts from the Earth ; A planet with continents and oceans ; A tale of two mountain ranges ; Remembering ancient rivers -- Life. Your personal record of life history -- Humanity. The great journey ; Being human -- Epilogue. What was the chance of all this happening?
Control code
ocn937452589
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780393292695
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)937452589

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