Improbable Planet

Improbable Planet
Author: Hugh Ross
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-09-06
ISBN 10: 149340539X
ISBN 13: 9781493405398
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Improbable Planet Book Review:

The Latest Scientific Discoveries Point to an Intentional Creator Most of us remember the basics from science classes about how Earth came to be the only known planet that sustains complex life. But what most people don't know is that the more thoroughly researchers investigate the history of our planet, the more astonishing the story of our existence becomes. The number and complexity of the astronomical, geological, chemical, and biological features recognized as essential to human existence have expanded explosively within the past decade. An understanding of what is required to make possible a large human population and advanced civilizations has raised profound questions about life, our purpose, and our destiny. Are we really just the result of innumerable coincidences? Or is there a more reasonable explanation? This fascinating book helps nonscientists understand the countless miracles that undergird the exquisitely fine-tuned planet we call home--as if Someone had us in mind all along.

Improbable Planet

Improbable Planet
Author: William Shafer Vincent
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 244
Release: 1976
ISBN 10: 9780533023844
ISBN 13: 053302384X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Cows Save the Planet

Cows Save the Planet
Author: Judith D. Schwartz
Publsiher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 1603584323
ISBN 13: 9781603584326
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cows Save the Planet Book Review:

Explains soil's role in ecology and the economy, and reveals how treating soil in an environmentally sensitive way can bring about positive changes with respect to climate change, biodiversity loss, obesity, and other crises.

A Most Improbable Journey A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

A Most Improbable Journey  A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves
Author: Walter Alvarez
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-11-15
ISBN 10: 0393292703
ISBN 13: 9780393292701
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Most Improbable Journey A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves Book Review:

"A thrilling synthesis from a brilliant scientist who discovered one of the most important chapters in our history." —Sean B. Carroll Big History, the field that integrates traditional historical scholarship with scientific insights to study the full sweep of our universe, has so far been the domain of historians. Famed geologist Walter Alvarez—best known for the “Impact Theory” explaining dinosaur extinction—has instead championed a science-first approach to Big History. Here he wields his unique expertise to give us a new appreciation for the incredible occurrences—from the Big Bang to the formation of supercontinents, the dawn of the Bronze Age, and beyond—that have led to our improbable place in the universe.

Half Earth Our Planet s Fight for Life

Half Earth  Our Planet s Fight for Life
Author: Edward O. Wilson
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-03-07
ISBN 10: 1631490834
ISBN 13: 9781631490835
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Half Earth Our Planet s Fight for Life Book Review:

"An audacious and concrete proposal…Half-Earth completes the 86-year-old Wilson’s valedictory trilogy on the human animal and our place on the planet." —Jedediah Purdy, New Republic In his most urgent book to date, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and world-renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson states that in order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. In this "visionary blueprint for saving the planet" (Stephen Greenblatt), Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. Identifying actual regions of the planet that can still be reclaimed—such as the California redwood forest, the Amazon River basin, and grasslands of the Serengeti, among others—Wilson puts aside the prevailing pessimism of our times and "speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all" (Oliver Sacks).

Rare Earth

Rare Earth
Author: Peter D. Ward,Donald Brownlee
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2007-05-08
ISBN 10: 0387218483
ISBN 13: 9780387218489
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rare Earth Book Review:

What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet, or even any life at all? Questions such as these are investigated in this groundbreaking book. In doing so, the authors synthesize information from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, and apply it to what we know about the rise of life on Earth and to what could possibly happen elsewhere in the universe. Everyone who has been thrilled by the recent discoveries of extrasolar planets and the indications of life on Mars and the Jovian moon Europa will be fascinated by Rare Earth, and its implications for those who look to the heavens for companionship.

Atlas of Improbable Places

Atlas of Improbable Places
Author: Travis Elborough
Publsiher: Aurum Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2021-07-06
ISBN 10: 0711264015
ISBN 13: 9780711264014
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atlas of Improbable Places Book Review:

Atlas of Improbable Places shows the modern world from surprising new vantage points that will inspire urban explorers and armchair travellers alike to consider a new way of understanding the world we live in.

Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job Reasons to Believe

Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job  Reasons to Believe
Author: Hugh Ross
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-10-01
ISBN 10: 1441234322
ISBN 13: 9781441234322
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job Reasons to Believe Book Review:

Arguably the oldest book in the Bible, the book of Job has a surprising amount to say about some of the newest scientific discoveries and controversies. Far from a book that is just about suffering, Job is filled with rich insight into both ancient and modern questions about the formation of the world the difference between animals and humans cosmology dinosaurs and the fossil record how to care for creation and more With careful consideration and exegesis, internationally known astrophysicist and Christian apologist Hugh Ross adds yet another compelling argument to the case for the veracity of the biblical commentary on the history of the universe, Earth, life, and humanity. Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job shows that the Bible is an accurate predictor of scientific discoveries and a trustworthy source of scientific information, and that both the book of Scripture and the book of nature are consistent both internally and externally.

Improbable Destinies

Improbable Destinies
Author: Jonathan B. Losos
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2017-08-08
ISBN 10: 0399184937
ISBN 13: 9780399184932
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Improbable Destinies Book Review:

A major new book overturning our assumptions about how evolution works Earth’s natural history is full of fascinating instances of convergence: phenomena like eyes and wings and tree-climbing lizards that have evolved independently, multiple times. But evolutionary biologists also point out many examples of contingency, cases where the tiniest change—a random mutation or an ancient butterfly sneeze—caused evolution to take a completely different course. What role does each force really play in the constantly changing natural world? Are the plants and animals that exist today, and we humans ourselves, inevitabilities or evolutionary flukes? And what does that say about life on other planets? Jonathan Losos reveals what the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary biology can tell us about one of the greatest ongoing debates in science. He takes us around the globe to meet the researchers who are solving the deepest mysteries of life on Earth through their work in experimental evolutionary science. Losos himself is one of the leaders in this exciting new field, and he illustrates how experiments with guppies, fruit flies, bacteria, foxes, and field mice, along with his own work with anole lizards on Caribbean islands, are rewinding the tape of life to reveal just how rapid and predictable evolution can be. Improbable Destinies will change the way we think and talk about evolution. Losos's insights into natural selection and evolutionary change have far-reaching applications for protecting ecosystems, securing our food supply, and fighting off harmful viruses and bacteria. This compelling narrative offers a new understanding of ourselves and our role in the natural world and the cosmos.

From Darwin to Eden

From Darwin to Eden
Author: William B. Collier
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2020-03-23
ISBN 10: 1532692730
ISBN 13: 9781532692734
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Darwin to Eden Book Review:

Who am I? Where did I come from? Where did life come from? How you answer these questions will profoundly impact how you live your life. Professor Collier has compiled into one engaging volume the scientific case for God and theism encased in the philosophy of one of the most brilliant and unusual scientist/philosophers of our age: Michael Polanyi. Few people have the time to survey the full spectrum of the modern intelligent design movement and how it grew out of and interacts with the writings of Michael Polanyi. With this book you can step back and survey the whole scene, and know exactly who you need to read next if necessary. Collier has condensed the critical details of Polanyi and the Intelligent Design movement into a single volume that informs without being overly simplistic, but is also engaging and fun.

How to Build a Habitable Planet

How to Build a Habitable Planet
Author: Charles H. Langmuir,Wally Broecker
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 736
Release: 2012-08-13
ISBN 10: 1400841976
ISBN 13: 9781400841974
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Build a Habitable Planet Book Review:

Since its first publication more than twenty-five years ago, How to Build a Habitable Planet has established a legendary reputation as an accessible yet scientifically impeccable introduction to the origin and evolution of Earth, from the Big Bang through the rise of human civilization. This classic account of how our habitable planet was assembled from the stuff of stars introduced readers to planetary, Earth, and climate science by way of a fascinating narrative. Now this great book has been made even better. Harvard geochemist Charles Langmuir has worked closely with the original author, Wally Broecker, one of the world's leading Earth scientists, to revise and expand the book for a new generation of readers for whom active planetary stewardship is becoming imperative. Interweaving physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, and biology, this sweeping account tells Earth’s complete story, from the synthesis of chemical elements in stars, to the formation of the Solar System, to the evolution of a habitable climate on Earth, to the origin of life and humankind. The book also addresses the search for other habitable worlds in the Milky Way and contemplates whether Earth will remain habitable as our influence on global climate grows. It concludes by considering the ways in which humankind can sustain Earth’s habitability and perhaps even participate in further planetary evolution. Like no other book, How to Build a Habitable Planet provides an understanding of Earth in its broadest context, as well as a greater appreciation of its possibly rare ability to sustain life over geologic time. Leading schools that have ordered, recommended for reading, or adopted this book for course use: Arizona State University Brooklyn College CUNY Columbia University Cornell University ETH Zurich Georgia Institute of Technology Harvard University Johns Hopkins University Luther College Northwestern University Ohio State University Oxford Brookes University Pan American University Rutgers University State University of New York at Binghamton Texas A&M University Trinity College Dublin University of Bristol University of California-Los Angeles University of Cambridge University Of Chicago University of Colorado at Boulder University of Glasgow University of Leicester University of Maine, Farmington University of Michigan University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Georgia University of Nottingham University of Oregon University of Oxford University of Portsmouth University of Southampton University of Ulster University of Victoria University of Wyoming Western Kentucky University Yale University

Four Views on Creation Evolution and Intelligent Design

Four Views on Creation  Evolution  and Intelligent Design
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Zondervan
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2017-11-21
ISBN 10: 0310080983
ISBN 13: 9780310080985
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Four Views on Creation Evolution and Intelligent Design Book Review:

Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design presents the current "state of the conversation" about origins among evangelicals representing four key positions: Young Earth Creationism - Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis) Old Earth (Progressive) Creationism - Hugh Ross (Reasons to Believe) Evolutionary Creation - Deborah B. Haarsma (BioLogos) Intelligent Design - Stephen C. Meyer (The Discovery Institute) The contributors offer their best defense of their position addressing questions such as: What is your position on origins - understood broadly to include the physical universe, life, and human beings in particular? What do you take to be the most persuasive arguments in defense of your position? How do you demarcate and correlate evidence about origins from current science and from divine revelation? What hinges on answering these questions correctly?

The Little Book of Big History

The Little Book of Big History
Author: Ian Crofton,Jeremy Black
Publsiher: Michael O'Mara Books
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2016-06-23
ISBN 10: 1782434305
ISBN 13: 9781782434306
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Little Book of Big History Book Review:

From the Big Bang to the future of our planet, The Little Book of Big History divides history into manageable but comprehensive time frames, encompassing the cosmos, the stars, life and everything in between. Big History is the attempt to understand and condense the entire story of the cosmos, from the Big Bang to the current day. Combining methods from history, astronomy, physics and biology to draw together the big story arcs of how the universe was created, why planets formed and how life developed, this creates a unique perspective from which to understand the place of mankind in the universe. Excited by the alternative 'framework for all knowledge' that is offered by this approach, Bill Gates is funding the Big History Project, which aims to bring the subject to a wider audience around the world. The Little Book of Big History breaks down the main themes of Big History into highly informative and accessible parts for all readers to enjoy. By giving a truly complete timeline of world events, this book shines a whole different light on history as we learned it and makes us think of our history - and our future - in a very different way.

A Patchwork Planet

A Patchwork Planet
Author: Anne Tyler
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-05-05
ISBN 10: 0143196359
ISBN 13: 9780143196358
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Patchwork Planet Book Review:

In this, her fourteenth novel--and one of her most endearing--Anne Tyler tells the story of a lovable loser who's trying to get his life in order. Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He had this habit of breaking into other people's houses. It wasn't the big loot he was after, like his teenage cohorts. It was just that he liked to read other people's mail, pore over their family photo albums, and appropriate a few of their precious mementos. But for eleven years now, he's been working steadily for Rent-a-Back, renting his back to old folks and shut-ins who can't move their own porch furniture or bring the Christmas tree down from the attic. At last, his life seems to be on an even keel. Still, the Gaitlins (of "old" Baltimore) cannot forget the price they paid for buying off Barnaby's former victims. And his ex-wife would just as soon he didn't show up ever to visit their little girl, Opal. Even the nice, steady woman (his guardian angel?) who seems to have designs on him doesn't fully trust him, it develops, when the chips are down, and it looks as though his world may fall apart again. There is no one like Anne Tyler, with her sharp, funny, tender perceptions about how human beings navigate on a puzzling planet, and she keeps us enthralled from start to finish in this delicious new novel.

Why the Universe Is the Way It Is Reasons to Believe

Why the Universe Is the Way It Is  Reasons to Believe
Author: Hugh Ross
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2010-06-01
ISBN 10: 9781441201881
ISBN 13: 1441201882
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why the Universe Is the Way It Is Reasons to Believe Book Review:

Increasingly astronomers recognize that if the cosmos had not unfolded exactly as it did, humanity would not, could not, exist. Yet these researchers--along with countless ordinary folks--resist belief in the biblical Creator. Why? They say a loving God would have made a better home for us, one without trouble and tragedy. In Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, Hugh Ross draws from his depth of study in both science and Scripture to explain how the universe's design fulfills several distinct purposes. He also reveals God's surpassing love and ultimate purposes for each individual. Why the Universe Is the Way It Is will interest anyone who wonders where and how the universe came to be, what or who is responsible for it, why we are here, or how and when the universe ends. Far from leaving the reader at this philosophical jumping-off point, Ross builds toward answering the big question of human destiny and the specific question of each reader's personal destiny.

The Curious Life of Sebastian Q Higglebottom and Other Improbable Tales

The Curious Life of Sebastian Q  Higglebottom and Other Improbable Tales
Author: Ryan Saunders
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 1105461599
ISBN 13: 9781105461590
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Curious Life of Sebastian Q Higglebottom and Other Improbable Tales Book Review:

OK

OK
Author: Allan Metcalf
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2010-11-08
ISBN 10: 0199703299
ISBN 13: 9780199703296
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

OK Book Review:

It is said to be the most frequently spoken (or typed) word on the planet, more common than an infant's first word ma or the ever-present beverage Coke. It was even the first word spoken on the moon. It is "OK"--the most ubiquitous and invisible of American expressions, one used countless times every day. Yet few of us know the hidden history of OK--how it was coined, what it stood for, and the amazing extent of its influence. Allan Metcalf, a renowned popular writer on language, here traces the evolution of America's most popular word, writing with brevity and wit, and ranging across American history with colorful portraits of the nooks and crannies in which OK survived and prospered. He describes how OK was born as a lame joke in a newspaper article in 1839--used as a supposedly humorous abbreviation for "oll korrect" (ie, "all correct")--but should have died a quick death, as most clever coinages do. But OK was swept along in a nineteenth-century fad for abbreviations, was appropriated by a presidential campaign (one of the candidates being called "Old Kinderhook"), and finally was picked up by operators of the telegraph. Over the next century and a half, it established a firm toehold in the American lexicon, and eventually became embedded in pop culture, from the "I'm OK, You're OK" of 1970's transactional analysis, to Ned Flanders' absurd "Okeley Dokeley!" Indeed, OK became emblematic of a uniquely American attitude, and is one of our most successful global exports. "An appealing and informative history of OK." --Washington Post Book World "After reading Metcalf's book, it's easy to accept his claim that OK is 'America's greatest word.'" --Erin McKean, Boston Globe "Entertaininga treat for logophiles." --Kirkus Reviews "Metcalf makes you acutely aware of how ubiquitous and vital the word has become." --Jeremy McCarter, Newsweek

Future Evolution

Future Evolution
Author: Peter D. Ward
Publsiher: W. H. Freeman
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2002-01-06
ISBN 10: 9780716734963
ISBN 13: 0716734966
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Future Evolution Book Review:

Everyone wonders what tomorrow holds, but what will the real future look like? Not decades or even hundreds of years from now, but thousands or millions of years into the future. Will our species change radically? Or will we become builders of the next dominant intelligence on Earth- the machine? These and other seemingly fantastic scenarios are the very possible realities explored in Peter Ward's Future Evolution, a penetrating look at what might come next in the history of the planet. Looking to the past for clues about the future, Ward describes how the main catalyst for evolutionary change has historically been mass extinction. While many scientist direly predict that humanity will eventually create such a situation, Ward argues that one is already well underway--the extinction of large mammals--and that a new Age of Humanity is coming that will radically revise the diversity of life on Earth. Finally, Ward examines the question of human extinction and reaches the startling conclusion that the likeliest scenario is not our imminent demise but long term survival--perhaps reaching as far as the death of the Sun! Full of Alexis Rockman's breathtaking color images of what animals, plants and other organisms might look like thousands and millions of years from now, Future Evolution takes readers on an incredible journey through time from the deep past into the far future.

Uncanny and Improbable Events

Uncanny and Improbable Events
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publsiher: Penguin Classics
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2021-08-26
ISBN 10: 9780141996905
ISBN 13: 0141996900
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Uncanny and Improbable Events Book Review:

The Improbable Human Boomerang

The Improbable Human Boomerang
Author: Andrew Venn
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2017-11-15
ISBN 10: 1546284192
ISBN 13: 9781546284192
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Improbable Human Boomerang Book Review:

Im back! Like a human boomerang I returned to this earth after an improbable survival from a brain haemorrhage and after the resultant, enlightening and intriguing coma but my prognosis looked about as cheerful as the landscape on the planet Jupiter and at 24 years of age my sudden disabilities were about as welcoming as a slap in the face from a urine-soaked slipper! Life for me was paused like interrupted vows at a wedding but the scenes that I would powerfully experience whilst I lay in a coma would convincingly favour a belief in reincarnation and suggest a constant recycling of our souls! I have tried to continue from where I left off by marrying my Fiance Laura(who stayed by my side) and then a year later becoming a proud Father to a baby boy who was, unfortunately, born prematurely but thankfully he survived and his development has provided scenes of both upset but mostly laughter! This book is like a humorous diary of those events during the Wedding with some(only some!) of our honeymoon experiences but all laughter is temporarily but appropriately paused during some upsetting experiences in hospital because of our sons illnesses but his progression(sometimes very comical) recalled some of my youthful and calamitous experiences! Were all conscious about the need to recycle, well it is my belief(that have been established from my experiences whilst I was in a coma) that our souls have been recycled since the Creation/formation of the earth and death is not the final ending of your existence but the mere closure of a chapter in this lifetime!