Two leading scientists offer a provocative account, based on the latest scientific research, on how life on our planet evolved--the first major new synthesis for general readers in two decades.
Peter Ward, professor of biology and earth and space sciences at the University of Washington, has authored seventeen books, including the prizewinning RARE EARTH with Donald Brownlee. A recipient of the Jim Shea Award for popular science writing, Ward lives in Washington. Joe Kirschvink, who pioneered the "Snowball Earth" hypothesis, is a professor of Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He lives in Pasadena, California.
A NEW HISTORY OF LIFE deserves kudos for infectious elan, impressive scholarship and a plausible accounting of life's herky-jerky, hurry-up-and-wait tribulations. Wall Street Journal If you want to open your mind to the depths of modern thinking, then A NEW HISTORY OF LIFE is for you. Read it! San Francisco Book Review A NEW HISTORY OF LIFE makes for an exciting and comprehensive read, enthralling to science nerds and lay readers who are curious about the rich natural history of planet Earth. Nature World News The authors, both scientists, propose several different ways of looking at the history of life on earth, including the role that catastrophes played in shaping the development of living things. Seattle Times