344 pages, no illustrations
'Our relationship with nature has changed ...radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.' In The Human Age award-winning nature writer Diane Ackerman confronts the fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have 'subdued 75 per cent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness'. We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a 'frozen ark', equip orang-utans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us.
Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating – perhaps saving – the future. The Human Age is a surprising, optimistic engagement with the dramatic transformations that have shaped, and continue to alter, our world, our relationship with nature and our prospects for the future.
"You're now about to become addicted to Diane Ackerman."
– Jared Diamond
– Washington Post
"In this amazingly illuminating book, Diane Ackerman explains our future with her typically intoxicating blend of scholarship, wisdom, grace and humour."
– Siddhartha Murkherjee
"A ferociously inspiring, mind-expanding survey of Planet Earth and humanity's central place on it."
– Seattle Times
"A dazzling achievement: immensely readable, lively, polymathic, audacious."
– New York Times
"Full of scientific nuggets and bundles of research, this is written in an accessible and entertaining style."
– The Daily Mail
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Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the international bestsellers The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives with her husband Paul West in Ithaca, New York.