Human Age

Human Age

The World Shaped by Us

Book - 2015
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The Anthropocene -- the Human Age -- provides Diane Ackerman with the subject for her 24th and most ambitious book. Ackerman has established herself over the past quarter of a century as one of our most adventurous, charismatic and engrossing public science writers. Since her 1990 breakout title, "A Natural History of the Senses,"she has demonstrated a rare versatility, a contagious curiosity and a gift for painting quick, memorable tableaus drawn from research across a panoply of disciplines. "The Human Age" displays all these alluring qualities, as Ackerman delves into fields as diverse as evolutionary robotics, urban design, nanotechnology, 3-D printing and biomimicry. The book simultaneously raises unanswered questions about the politics and ethics of the Anthropocene idea.--New York Times.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780393351644
Branch Call Number: 304.2 A
Characteristics: 344 pages ;,21 cm


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LPL_ShirleyB Jan 21, 2015

Ackerman’s rich and evocative nature writing has earned the Henry David Thoreau Prize. She offers hope with inspiring solutions to counter the harmful impact humans have had on our environment. Follow up with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Kingsolver to become a locavore.

ChristchurchLib Sep 30, 2014

In this exploration of the Anthropocene Epoch - our current geological age, one characterized by the planet-altering activities of humans -- Diane Ackerman, author of An Alchemy of Mind, discusses homo sapiens' pivotal and not always benign role in shaping its environment. From reducing biodiversity to changing the climate, humans have made their mark on the Earth...but for how much longer? Lush, lyrical, and highly literate, The Human Age covers some of the same ground as Elizabeth Kolbert's bestselling The Sixth Extinction. Science and Nature Newsletter October 2014.


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