Ice Agest causes Ice Ages? How did we learn about them? What were their affects on the social history of humanity? Allan Mazur's book tells the appealing history of the scientific 'discovery' of Ice Ages. How we learned that much of the Earth was repeatedly covered by huge ice sheets, why that occurred, and how the waning of the last Ice Age paved the way for agrarian civilization and, ultimately, our present social structures. The book discusses implications for the current 'controversies' over anthropogenic climate change, public understanding of science, and (lack of) 'trust in experts'. In parallel to the history and science of Ice Ages, sociologist Mazur highlights why this is especially relevant right now for humanity. Ice Ages: Their Social and Natural History is an engrossing combination of natural science and social history: glaciology and sociology writ large.
1. In the Beginning
2. 'Bursting the Limits of Time'
3. Darwin's Revolution
4. Discovering an Age of Ice
5. Why Does Climate Change? Orbits
6. Dating Ice Age Climates
7. Why Does Climate Change? Carbon Dioxide
8. Why Does Climate Change? Continental Drift and Ocean Currents
9. Ecce Homo
10. How Did Extinct Hominins Behave?
11. Life in the Paleolithic
12. Extinction of Ice Age Mammals in Near Time
13. The Agrarian Transformation
14. Rise of Civilizations
Allan Mazur is a professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He has also worked in the aerospace industry. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is interested in biosociology and conflicts over science, technology, and the environment. He is the author or co-author of over 200 academic publications and ten books, including Biosociology of Dominance and Deference (2005), Global Social Problems (2007), and True Warnings and False Alarms: Evaluating Fears about the Health Risks of Technology, 1948-1971 (2010).