320 pages, 100 illus
Man's complex relationship to planet Earth is explored in this second edition of the landmark anthology edited by Frank Rhodes and Bruce Malamud. This volume provides a portrait of the planet as experienced not just by scientists, but by artists, aviators, poets, philosophers, novelists, historians, and sociologists as well. It is a unique collection that bridges the gap between science and humanities.
This book contains writings by scientists, artists, aviators, poets, philosophers, novelists, historians, and sociologists, including Charles Darwin, Dane Picard, Rachel Carson, John Muir, Mark Twain and Archibald Geikie. It represents the human experience over the centuries, covering a span of 2,500 years. It reflects the planet's extraordinary physical diversity. The previous edition was voted one of the 25 'Great Books of Geology' by readers of the "Journal of Geological Education".
The book perfectly illustrates the beauty, the enigmatic complexity and the insidiously violent character of the Earth. (The Holocene, May 2009) "Anyone interested in planet Earth, whether in its rocks and soil, or the animals and plants which inhabit it, or in the people who have in the past tried to explore, describe, and explain it, will find something of interest here. Recommended." (Choice, November 2008)
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