The Human Planet

The Human Planet How We Created the Anthropocene - Pelican Books

Paperback (07 Jun 2018) | English

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Synopsis

'Brilliantly written and genuinely one of the most important books I have ever read' - Ellie Mae O'Hagan

An engrossing exploration of the science, history and politics of the Anthropocene, one of the most important scientific ideas of our time, from two world-renowned experts

Meteorites, methane, mega-volcanoes and now human beings; the old forces of nature that transformed Earth many millions of years ago are joined by another: us. Our actions have driven Earth into a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. For the first time in our home planet's 4.5-billion year history a single species is dictating Earth's future.

To some the Anthropocene symbolises a future of superlative control of our environment. To others it is the height of hubris, the illusion of our mastery over nature. Whatever your view, just below the surface of this odd-sounding scientific word, the Anthropocene, is a heady mix of science, philosophy, religion and politics linked to our deepest fears and utopian visions.

Tracing our environmental impact through time to reveal when humans began to dominate Earth, scientists Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin masterfully show what the new epoch means for all of us.

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Pelican

Pelican

The first ten paperback Penguin books appeared in 1935 costing 6d each (the price of a packet of cigarettes). Since then the Penguin list has developed enormously, but still aims to bring the best writing to the widest possible audience. Penguin Paperbacks now range from Booker Prize-winning contemporary authors, to mass market bestsellers, with successful history, biography and general non-fiction as well.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241280881
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Pelican
Pub date:
DEWEY: 551.712
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 4613
Number of pages: xiii, 465
Weight: 266g
Height: 113mm
Width: 231mm
Spine width: 23mm