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Planet Earth
Cosmology, Geology, and the Evolution of Life and Environment

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  • Date Published: August 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521409490
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  • The next few decades are likely to witness deep environmental crises, crises we will be able to cope with only through a clear understanding of the complex, delicate system of which we are part. Fortunately, the great advances made in all fields of science since World War II make it possible to reconstruct the entire life history of the world we live in, from the Big Bang to the present, and thus to understand how the system works. This book presents a global picture of our world - how it originated, how it evolved, how it works - and provides the background necessary to assess ways to stabilize it. Although the science is rigorous and quantitative, the book is written in an informal style and is readily accessible to anyone with a knowledge of high-school algebra.

    • Presents a global picture of our world, how it originated, how it evolved, how it works
    •  Written in an informal style and easy to read
    • Has excellent reference material in appendices
    • Nice touch with a brief who's who of the grand men of science
    • 'Think' points for students to answer
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a challenging read …' New Scientist

    'Planet Earth is a book that can be read from start to finish and it is also a book that can be dipped into almost anywhere. There is much here to educate and also to entertain.' Mercian Geologist

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    03rd Jun 2014 by Satya

    Excellent, deep and wide coverage. Must read for anyone, who is interested in knowledge about things around us.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521409490
    • length: 736 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 180 x 36 mm
    • weight: 1.27kg
    • contains: 450 b/w illus. 128 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Prolegomena: Science and Religion:
    1. Monumental scientific discoveries, units of measurement and a warning about this book
    Part II. Matter and Energy:
    2. Atoms and photons
    3. The atomic nucleus
    Part III. Cosmology
    4. Birth of the universe
    5. Measuring the universe
    6. The objects in the sky
    7. The solar system
    8. Earth in space
    Part IV. Geology:
    9. Minerals and gems
    10. Igneous rocks and volcanism
    11. The earth's interior
    12. Plate tectonics
    13. The atmosphere
    14. The hydrosphere
    15. Sediments and sedimentary rocks
    16. Sedimentary environments
    17. Diagenesis, metamorphism and rock deformation
    18. Stratigraphy
    Part V. Evolution of Life and Environment:
    19. Origin and early evolution of life
    20. The cryptozoic: sections and taxa
    21. Early phanerozoic phyla and related taxa
    22. The paleozoic
    23. The mesozoic
    24. The cenozoic
    Part VI. The Historical Perspective
    Part VII. Appendixes: A. Physical and chemical data
    B. Chemical formulary
    Part VIII. References and Subject Index.

  • Author

    Cesare Emiliani, University of Miami

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