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Harvard Professor and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Wilson takes readers through time--tracing the processes that create new species, the five cataclysmic events that have disrupted evolution over the past 600 million years, and how humans are destroying diversity at a projected rate of 20 percent over the next 30 years.
|Violent Nature, Resilient Life|
|1||Storm over the Amazon||3|
|3||The Great Extinctions||24|
|4||The Fundamental Unit||35|
|6||The Forces of Evolution||75|
|8||The Unexplored Biosphere||131|
|9||The Creation of Ecosystems||163|
|10||Biodiversity Reaches the Peak||183|
|The Human Impact|
|11||The Life and Death of Species||215|
|15||The Environmental Ethic||343|
Posted December 18, 2011
This book was issued to me by a teacher at school and when i first started reading the book i thought it was going to be really boring. Now that i have finished this book i feel the complete opposite. In the beginning of this book he paints a beautiful picture about how wonderful the world is and all of its sites and places. Then he goes on to talk about how people are the cause for major problems worldwide such as loss of biodiversity and global warming. The way this book is written changes the way you look at things and gets you really thinking about your environmental footprint and how you could change it ( Since reading this book i have started recycling). Granted, this book can become dry at times because of the large amounts of facts and statistics but overall i rate this book a 4. I recommend this book to anyone who cares about the longevity of diversity or has any interest in the Issues that are threatening our world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2011
This book doesn't even deserve half a star, for all the people who love science, good luck to you. To be honest, this was my nap time book, everytime I felt like I needed a nap, I would pick this book up, read a few pages and use it as a pillow. It was boring, and terrible. Worst book in my life. I can't fathom the past few weeks of patience I have had with this book. I used to love science and biology until I encountered this book, I mean it was well written, but it was like reading fact over fact over fact. Worst book of my life. Oh, and also my teacher said not to spoil the end... It wasn't even a story to have an ending! This book made watching grass grow look like fun. GEEZ. Enjoy. (:Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.