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How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind

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Hardcover, 718 pages
Published April 29th 2012 by Princeton University Press
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Brian Clegg
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I have expressed before my horror at being faced with huge, megaheavy fat books purporting to be popular science – this has to be one of the chunkiest, weighing in at 1.4 wrist-crippling kilograms and with 668 pages before you get onto the glossary and index (thankfully, no notes). To be worth being this unwieldy, a book ought to do something pretty remarkable. And that’s just what How to Build, an updated version of a 1980s title, does, as you can tell from its subtitle, The Story of Earth from ...more
Steve
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For some folks geology is a dull subject, seen one rock..... This book removes that mindset. The last 60 years witnessed a radical change and revolution in the subject. In fact a better term to describe the subject would be planetary science. "How to Build..." is the second edition of a 25 year old classic. If you want a good over view of the subject with a good bibliography this is the book for you. As I mentioned earlier, the topic has changed and now draws from subject areas that were in thei ...more
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