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The author of the book: Richard Fortey
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Date of issue: 2011
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In the vast scale of geological time, the whole history of man is no more than the blink of an eye. The discovery of that fact – uncomfortable as it may have made humans feel – was key to much of modern science from Darwin’s theory of evolution to predicting volcanic eruptions or the age of the earth. As the pioneers of geology in the 18th and 19th centuries refined their understanding, suddenly the landscape appeared in a new light. Whole continents had changed shape and rearranged themselves; the hills of Scotland were the eroded remains of mountains; the Himalayas revealed themselves as youthful, growing ranges; cliffs, ridges and even islands had been formed from the calcified remains of dead sea creatures; the sea-floor itself was constantly being recreated as lava welled up and cooled.
In his ‘intimate history’, Richard Fortey unlocks the geological secrets of the earth – its origin and the constant processes that destroy and create it. His aim is to unite the natural and human history of particular places with the geological realities that underlie them. He chooses key locations that reveal the deep workings of our planet, and explores how these places have formed history itself. Visiting each one, Fortey is a unique guide, sharing his learned, but delightfully individual response to geology, culture and landscape, from Newfoundland to Hawai‘i.
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Read information about the authorRichard Fortey is a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was Collier Professor in the Public Understanding of Science and Technology at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol in 2002. His books have been widely acclaimed: Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth (Knopf) was short-listed for the Rhône-Poulenc Prize in 1998, and Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution (Knopf) was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001. His latest book, Earth: An Intimate History (Knopf, 2004), has been called "dazzling," "remarkable," "splendid," and "important and timely."
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