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Harvard Book Store Virtual Event: Andrew H. Knoll

June 7, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


June 7, 2021
5:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store
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Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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presenting A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters
in conversation with PETER GIRGUIS

Harvard Book Store’s virtual event series, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library welcome ANDREW H. KNOLL—the Fisher Professor of Natural History at Harvard University and author of the award-winning Life on a Young Planet—for a discussion of his latest book, A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters. He will be joined in conversation by PETER GIRGUIS, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University.

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About A Brief History of Earth

Odds are, where you’re standing was once cooking under a roiling sea of lava, crushed by a towering sheet of ice, rocked by a nearby meteor strike, or perhaps choked by poison gases, drowned beneath ocean, perched atop a mountain range, or roamed by fearsome monsters. Probably most or even all of the above.

The story of our home planet and the organisms spread across its surface is far more spectacular than any Hollywood blockbuster, filled with enough plot twists to rival a bestselling thriller. But only recently have we begun to piece together the whole mystery into a coherent narrative. Drawing on his decades of field research and up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest science, renowned geologist Andrew H. Knoll delivers a rigorous yet accessible biography of Earth, charting our home planet’s epic 4.6 billion-year story. Placing twenty first-century climate change in deep context, A Brief History of Earth is an indispensable look at where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Praise for A Brief History of Earth

“A fantastic distillation of Earth’s history, from one of the world’s leading geologists: Andrew H. Knoll has written an engrossing, witty, and eminently readable romp through our home planet’s 4.5 billion years, from trilobites and dinosaurs to human origins and our rapidly changing modern times.” —Steve Brusatte, New York Times bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

“Having spent decades at the forefront of discovery and research, Andrew H. Knoll has been one of our planet’s leading scientists. In A Brief History of Earth, Knoll treats us to a 4.6-billion-year detective story revealing the origins and inner workings of our home in the solar system. In these pages you’ll discover something profound: how our past, present, and future are grounded in Planet Earth.” —Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish and Some Assembly Required

“A sublime chronicle of our planet’s formation and beginnings, the perhaps unlikely yet awe-inspiring interactions that created life, diverse and abundant, and mass extinctions and recoveries. Knoll skillfully presents the extreme conditions, violence, and delicate fragility that mark the cycles and evolution of our home.” —Booklist (starred review)