288 pages, no illustrations
Gabrielle Walker follows Paul Hoffman as he travels the globe to find evidence supporting his theory that a climatic cataclysm 700 million years ago triggered the great Cambrian Explosion. Describes some of the most picturesque and formidable places on Earth, from the polar ice cap to the Australian outback and the African desert.
"An engrossing book on the emergence of a stunning new account of events on our primordial planet fascinating"
- Sunday Telegraph
"Riveting in its vivid portrayal of the great icy catastrophes which may have gripped our planet both the geological and the human story are brilliantly told"
- Oliver Sacks
"This is a story worth telling Walker is an ideal person to tell it Racy and pacey, with a focus on the people involved A very entertaining read"
"She takes a cold topic, and creates a warm, readable story"
- Ireland on Sunday
"Paul Hoffman is a charismatic genius who has devoted himlself to proving what will be one of the most important scientific theories of the 21st century. He is fortunate to have a writer as gifted as Gabrielle Walker to document his extraordinary intellectual adventures. This is a fascinating story, brilliantly told."
- Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem
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Gabrielle Walker is a features editor for New Scientist and has also written for The Economist and a host of other publications. She lives in London.