Origins: How The Earth Made Us

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Why is the world the way it is? What forces have forged our planet and how have they in turn governed our evolution, influenced the rise and fall of civilisations through history, and ultimately shaped the story of humanity? Lying imperceptibly beneath everything we encounter in the modern world is a vast architecture of causal links, chains of consequences that explain why things are the way they are. ‘Origins’ is the story of this connectivity; it’s not about what we’ve done to our environment, but about what our environment has done to us. We range from the deep roots behind everyday realities, like why do most of us eat cereal for breakfast, to the profound factors that enabled life to make transitions in evolution.

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**SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**

Origins by Lewis Dartnell stands comparison with Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens?A thrilling piece of Big History’ Sunday Times

‘A sweeping, brilliant overview of the history not only of our species but of the world’ Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. The human story is the story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents.

How are the Himalayas linked to the orbit of the Earth, and to the formation of the British Isles? By taking us billions of years into our planet’s past, Professor Lewis Dartnell tells us the ultimate origin story. When we reach the point where history becomes science we see a vast web of connections that underwrites our modern world and helps us face the challenges of the future.

From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, Origins reveals the Earth’s awesome impact on the shape of human civilizations.

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Weight 0.668 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16.2 × 3.3 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

346

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

599.938 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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