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Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World

Marcia Bjornerud

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Princeton University Pres
28 January 2020
History; Geology & the lithosphere
*One of EcoLit Books' Best Environmental Books of 2018* *Winner of the 2019 PROSE Award in Popular Science & Popular Mathematics, Association of American Publishers* *Finalist for the 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science & Technology* Why an awareness of Earth's temporal rhythms is critical to our planetary survival Few of us have any conception of the enormous timescales of our planet's long history, and this narrow perspective underlies many of the environmental problems we are creating. The lifespan of Earth can seem unfathomable compared to the brevity of human existence, but this view of time denies our deep roots in Earth's history - and the magnitude of our effects on the planet. Timefulness reveals how knowing the rhythms of Earth's deep past and conceiving of time as a geologist does can give us the perspective we need for a more sustainable future.

Featuring illustrations by Haley Hagerman, this compelling book offers a new way of thinking about our place in time, showing how our everyday lives are shaped by processes that vastly predate us, and how our actions today will in turn have consequences that will outlast us by generations. This edition includes discussion questions for reading groups.
By:   Marcia Bjornerud
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691202631
ISBN 10:   069120263X
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   28 January 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marcia Bjornerud is professor of geology and environmental studies at Lawrence University. She is the author of Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth and a contributing writer for Elements, the New Yorker's science and technology blog.

Reviews for Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World

Longlisted for the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing Award, PEN American Center Finalist for the 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science & Technology Winner of the 2019 PROSE Award in Popular Science & Popular Mathematics, Association of American Publishers Shortlisted for the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, Phi Beta Kappa Society One of EcoLit Books' Best Environmental Books of 2018


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