The Book of Life uses an exemplary fusion of art and science to tell the story of life on earth. The text, under the editorship of Stephen Jay Gould, provides a thorough understanding of the latest research and is accompanied by paintings prepared especially for this book. Never before has our planet's evolution been so clearly, so ingeniously explained. History is markedThe Book of Life uses an exemplary fusion of art and science to tell the story of life on earth. The text, under the editorship of Stephen Jay Gould, provides a thorough understanding of the latest research and is accompanied by paintings prepared especially for this book. Never before has our planet's evolution been so clearly, so ingeniously explained. History is marked by disaster. The Book of Lifeexplains how mammals, having survived at least one of these disasters—the impact of a massive comet—luckily inherited the earth. Next came the rise of modern humans, who would shape the world as no creature has. As this fascinating history unfolds, gorgeous illustrations allow us to observe climate changes, tectonic plate movement, the spread of plant life, and the death of the dinosaurs. We discover the chains of animal survival, the causes and consequences of adaptation, and finally the environmental impact of human life....
|Title||:||The Book of Life: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on Earth|
|Number of Pages||:||256 Pages|
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The Book of Life: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on Earth Reviews
I am an unapologetic science nerd so this collection of essays about the march of life through the ages was quite enjoyable. Expect arcane terminology and complex biological concepts. This is no facile middle school course survey. Expect in-depth discussion of evolution and the role it played in the cavalcade of critters in the long running 4.5 billion year prize winning greatest show on Earth.
A wonderful story of life an evolution across the diferent geological eras with descriptions of major events as the snowball earth events ,the great permian-triasic extinction ,the great cretacic-terciary extinction and other minor events and wonderfully ilustrated. A deligfull reading
Actually, "currently reading" also applies to this magnificent work. Edited by general editor Stephen Jay Gould, with articles by numerous contributors, and gorgeously illustrated by various artists, this book gives an overview of life on Earth from its beginnings, billions of years ago, to the present. It also contains essays by Gould and others describing the ongoing process of science and the growth of the life sciences over centuries; reproductions of such works of art as Rudolph Zallinger's panorama murals of dinosaurs at Yale, Charles R. Knight's fascinating portraits of ancient life, vibrant and full of energy, Henry de la Beche's grey-scale cartoons of Mesozoic life, Mark Hallett's modern studies of dinosaurs, Louis Figuier's beautiful lithographs of "pre-Edenic" and "Edenic" life, and many other artistic contributions to evolutionary science that have inspired countless youngsters to go on to become scientists; analyses of major geological events of each eon and era of Earthly life, and the ways in which these shaped the course of evolution; and many other features. Oh, fear not, we're in there, too, almost the last ones on Life's great stage, but brining so great an impact on the rest of Earth's life with us that many scientists now believe a new era of life has begun: the Anthropogenic. A beautiful book for both its gorgeous illustrations and layout, and its brilliant explorations into the very heart of life.
Obviously, it's not possible to put everything we know about the history of the biosphere into a 250 page book, but "The Book of Life" does a good job of taking the reader from the beginnings of life through the ages. Each chapter is focused on a major theme (the dinosaurs, mammalian evolution, etc). The explanations of evolutionary processes, the phenomenon of extinction, important morphological developments, and the effects of the geological on the biological are especially helpful.The only thing that holds me back from giving this one five stars is something mentioned by Gould himself in the introduction as a failing of many accounts on evolution and perhaps this work as well. Although several of the book's authors acknowledge the HUGE intellectual error in looking back on millions of years of evolution and simplifying it to a natural ascent from scum to homo sapiens, I wish the book would have gone further to discredit all anthropocentric subjectivity whatsoever.
This book recorded the best knowledge of man in this field for the common readers, with unparalleled illustrations. It would have been even better if it were thinker, and with more coverage on the invertebrates, the 2nd imperfection being honestly admitted by its editor Dr Gould (He was such an excellent man with rounded wisdom, knowledge, eloquence, courage, and righteousness).
The illustrations make the book. Steven Gould passed away too soon. One of the greatest minds of our generation. This is not meaty stuff like his other books on time, evolutionary biology and natural selection. Rather this is a great book to sit down and become immersed in eras from the Pre-Cambrian, the Permian right down the the KT event.
Fascinating and beautiful.
Surely the most thorough survey of paleontology. (Original, 1993, edition).