Green Fire: The Life Force from the Atom to the Mind

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Green Fire doesn't just pose the question of why are we here; it dares to answer it: humans are the thinking incarnation of nature. Along the way, the authors, two of Europe's most celebrated and original thinkers, freewheel through history, touching on the work of Charles Darwin, Rudyard Kipling, Francis Bacon, and even Baron von Munchausen to link the origin of life on Earth with the development of the human brain. In these pages, readers learn how Aristotle and Galileo disagreed, how Queen Christina's clock ...

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Green Fire doesn't just pose the question of why are we here; it dares to answer it: humans are the thinking incarnation of nature. Along the way, the authors, two of Europe's most celebrated and original thinkers, freewheel through history, touching on the work of Charles Darwin, Rudyard Kipling, Francis Bacon, and even Baron von Munchausen to link the origin of life on Earth with the development of the human brain. In these pages, readers learn how Aristotle and Galileo disagreed, how Queen Christina's clock flummoxed Descartes, and how a jellyfish and an airplane share the same navigational system; you'll even learn the meaning of words like "karst" and "cnidarian." But mostly, readers of Green Fire will enjoy a masterful book that combines scientific rigor with an entertaining narrative to explore the evolution of life on Earth and humankind's place in it.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781568583075
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Juan Luis Arsuaga is a professor of paleontology at the University of Madrid and a member of the (U.S.) National Academy of Sciences.
Ignacio Martínez is a professor of paleontology at the University of Alcalá.
Michael B. Miller lives in Burke, VA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the colors of the desert 1
Ch. I God's letter to humanity 11
Ch. II Darwin / Oedipus 47
Ch. III A little bit of physics and chemistry 75
Ch. IV The origin of life 123
Ch. V The devourers of light 183
Ch. VI The indispensable fungi 215
Ch. VII The first of "us" 229
Ch. VIII Queen Christina's clock 299
Ch. IX The marvelous adventures of Baron von Munchausen 353
Ch. X Freemen or slaves? 371
Ch. XI Gaia 401
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