Bones, Rocks, and Stars: The Science of when Things Happened
  • Bones, Rocks, and Stars: The Science of when Things Happened
  • Bones, Rocks, and Stars: The Science of when Things Happened

Bones, Rocks, and Stars: The Science of when Things Happened

by Chris Turney
     
 

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What is the Turin Shroud? When were the Pyramids built? Why did the dinosaurs die out? How did the Earth take shape? With questions like these, says Chris Turney, time is of the essence. And understanding how we pinpoint the past, he cautions, is crucial to putting the present in perspective and planning for the future.  See more details below

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What is the Turin Shroud? When were the Pyramids built? Why did the dinosaurs die out? How did the Earth take shape? With questions like these, says Chris Turney, time is of the essence. And understanding how we pinpoint the past, he cautions, is crucial to putting the present in perspective and planning for the future.

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'A fabulous, entertainingly written account of the amazing science

behind calendars, dates and dating objects. Essential reading for anyone

interested in prehistory.' - Professor Tim Flannery, Director of the South Australian Museum

'A rollicking run through the story of telling the time - lively and well-researched, with many fascinating stories.' - Professor Michael Benton, author of When Life Nearly Died

'This delightful introduction successfully fuses history, prehistory and earth science. It captures the imagination from its first page, and then takes the reader on a fun and fact-filled world tour through the past.' - Professor Tim White, University of California at Berkeley, USA

'What I like best about the book: It's a scientist clearly explaining what he does for a living and why it is important, at a level that any literate person can understand. Not an easy accomplishment.' - scienceblogs.com/pharyngula

'Absorbing - will appeal to a wide audience, particularly those who got a kick out of Blink or Freakonomics.' - Publishers Weekly

'If you like detective stories, you'll love this book. With a passion that radiates from every page, geologist Chris Turney, who did the radiocarbon dating on the 'hobbit' human fossil recently discovered in Indonesia, reveals how scientific dating techniques have helped solve the biggest mysteries of all time. What really happened to the dinosaurs? How old is the universe? Why did giant kangaroos die out? When did early Homo sapiens sweep aside the Neanderthals in the Middle East? What caused the ice ages? Turney explains how trees, amino acids, carbon, luminescence, volcanic ash, stars and even pollen can all give objects or events an exact place in history. The book is easy to understand and it should satisfy the hungriest of infovores.' - New Scientist

'5/5: a book that tackles [these] issues is welcome indeed - that it succeeds so brilliantly is a wonderful surprise.' - Peter Andrews of the Natural History Museum, BBC Focus Magazine

'Well researched and covers a lot of ground in a splendidly personal style. Highly recommended' - Quaternary Australasia

'A fascinating guide to the measurement of time' - Chemistry World

'The value of Chris Turney's Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened is that it provides a concise, simple, readable introduction to the full range of dating techniques...Altogether a very useful little book.' - Current World Archaeology

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230551947
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/26/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
816,202
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 7.33(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Chris Turney did the radiocarbon dating on the recent "Hobbit" fossil and is a geologist at the University of Exeter, UK.

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