The Earth: An Intimate History

Author(s): Richard Fortey


The paperback of the Sunday Times bestseller that reveals how the earth became the shape it is today. This book will change the way you see the world - permanently.The face of the earth, criss-crossed by chains of mountains like the scars of old wounds, has changed constantly over billions of years. Its shape records a remote past of earthquakes, volcanos and continental drift, and the ongoing subtle shifts that bring our planet alive. Richard Fortey introduces us to the earth's distinct character, revealing the life that it leads when humans aren't watching. He follows the continual movement of seabeds, valleys, mountain ranges and ice caps and shows how everything - our culture, natural history, even the formation of our cities - has its roots in geology. In Richard Fortey's hands, geology becomes vital and exhilarating and unmistakably informs our lives in the most intimate way."Dazzling. Richard Fortey is without peer among science writers." - Bill Bryson


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'A dazzling achievement. Richard Fortey is without peer among science writers.' Bill Bryson 'The Earth is a true delight: full of awe-inspiring details ! it blends travel, history, reportage and science to create an unforgettable picture of our ancient earth.' Sunday Times 'This is not a book for people who like science books. It is a book for people who love books, and life ! Fortey has written a wonderful book.' Tim Radford, Guardian 'Read this book because it is, indeed, the best natural history of the first four billion years of life on earth.' John Gribbin, Sunday Times 'Fortey writes beautifully and this is a wonderful biography of rock and life ! He has restored palaeontology to its rightful place in the pantheon.' Lewis Wolpert, Observer 'The tale of life needs constant retelling. Thank some happy accident of history that we have Fortey to tell it to us anew.' Ted Nield, New Scientist

Richard Fortey is a senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. His previous books include the critically acclaimed Life: An Unauthorised Biography, Trilobite! and The Hidden Landscape. He lives in London

General Fields

  • : 9780006551379
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperPerennial
  • : 0.368
  • : May 2005
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Fortey
  • : Paperback
  • : 551.1
  • : 528
  • : 54 b/w, 24 col plates (32pp), With index