Ice Age

Ice Age

by John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin
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Guest More than 1 year ago
At first glance, this slim 100-page book looks as if it is written for children, but don't let that fool you it is a gem of science writing - truly, one of the 'best works of science exposition and history.' The husband and wife author team, John and Mary Gribbin, have written numerous other science and history books, and I'm sure I will be reading more of them. The writing style in Ice Age is a model of lucidity and interest, without sacrificing any important technical material. Oddly enough, this little book follows through on a major revelation I received from reading the much-touted science book 'A Short History Of Nearly Everything,' in which Bill Bryson casually mentions that our Earth is currently in an Ice Age. Everything else in Bryson's book was mundane stuff I already knew about, but this one statement, without any explanation or elaboration, struck me like lightning. For the past couple of years, I have felt frustrated trying to get the rest of the story. Gribbins' 'Ice Age' has exceeded all my hopes. The very first sentence electrified me: 'By the standards of the geological past, we live in an Ice Age.' That bold statement is then followed by a fascinating history of our increasing understanding of the Earth, its climate, and its inhabitants. Maybe most of you were already aware that we are living in an Ice Age epoch, and you are clucking at my ignorance. But whether you're more informed than I or just as ignorant, 'Ice Age' is a great little book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this was a good book. The main reason I say this, is because I could understand it without giving myself a headache. Many so-called science books seem to go off on these tangents, where I¿m sure a person who majored in that field might find quite a bit of interest in them. For everyone else though, the words just start to become gibberish. This book (thankfully) was not like that. My sneaking suspicion is that it has to do a lot with the second author: Mary Gribbin. In the back of the book, it says that she writes books for young readers. If I had to take a guess, I would say that saved the book from disaster. As I said, it was not a hard book to read, and since I knew nothing or very little of Ice Ages to begin with, that is saying a lot. The other thing is that the book focused mainly on the who, and the why, and the how. The infamous what was not being continuously beaten into my head (a fact I am most grateful for). While explanations on the what were given, endless numbers and their precise meaning were avoided. Instead, the authors talked about the importance of this information and the principles behind it. In this way, the book guided rather than shoved me through a large amount of science without really letting me notice. I would then say that this is a book to be recommended. The upper part of this paragraph explains a lot of my reasons for doing so, but beyond that, the book was in fact interesting. I enjoyed my time reading it, and in some places, was greatly amused. Though I doubt I would have picked this book up on my own (without it being about geology, and me in the need of a geology book), I am glad I did. Amusement aside, I learned from this book. And that more than anything, is why I¿d recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want the short version of what will likely be happening for the next 80 to 100,000 years, this is a good start. A gentler story like version of cutting edge climatology. Read this, it may happen sooner than we think!