The title of this book than hints that the authors will walk the reader through the long evolution of life The book does do this and even anchors evolution in the history of stars and the cosmos But time in this way is almost incidental to what is the fundamental theme of this book All matter, inorganic and organic, is governed by self assembly and self organizing dynamics Atoms and galaxies are not aggregates but self organizing communities pulled together by forces of attraction The power of attraction is, though, one half of the dynamic The othr half is resistance, and the attraction resistance dynamic eventually leads to a balance between and among bodies that allows for the formation of a community, or one body in relation to other bodies A community in this sense consists of both autonomous parts that are also parts of a greater whole This becomes clearer in the book s description of life s evolution that is a series of wholes becoming parts, and parts becoming wholes cells, organis, bodies, and communities of bodies For emphasis, the book says that just as our cities look like cells, the earth is a giant cell All life forms are not objects per se, but a consortium of transformed and still living beings bacteria self contained cells, etc that are independent and interdependent This, not time, is the book s primary emphasis What is striking is life s similarity in this respect to the attraction repulsion balance dynamics that characterize inorganic matter. Wandering through the library I allowed my inner geek to pick this It has always fasinated me how rock can be different colours and how gem stones are formed this book got a bit preachy towards the end after charting, what this scientist interperates from fossils and bedrock, to be a fairly accurate timeline he starts predicting that next mass extinction event will be caused by humans and we need to stop the destruction of habitates and the loss of creatures unique to those regionsI agree that a lot of what is happening is beyond our control and that greed is often the main driving force but a lot of habitates are disappearing due to urban sprawl and food crops that are needed to feed the ever increasing population Ooops I just got a bit preachy sorry This is a thought provoking book.. A bit scientific in parts, explaining every process of life from the Big Bang to bacteria and the dinosaurs millions of years ago, but a well written book, with good illustrations on nearly every second page. Imagine A Walk Where Every Step Forward Transports You A Few Million Years In Time Just Such A Mind Expanding Premise Inspired This Landmark Book, Developed From The Acclaimed Walk Through Time Exhibit On Tour Around The World Here, In One Volume, Is The Remarkable Drama Of The History Of The Universe And Life On Earth Travel From The Furious Blast Of The Big Bang To The First Pulse Of Life, And On Through The Rich Pageant Of Life S Evolution From Primordial Microbes To The Rise Of Homo Sapiens Span Billion Years To Discover Life S Greatest Mysteries Emerging Over Beautiful Four Color Illustrations And An Absorbing Narrative Highlight Significant Events And Themes In Earth S Life Story The Original Exhibit Itself Is Re Created As A Timeline That Runs Throughout The Book, Pinpointing Key Stages In The Evolutionary Drama And Where They Fall In The Vast Sweep Of Time
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- A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us--The Evolution of Life on Earth
- Sidney Liebes
- 17 June 2017 Sidney Liebes