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The Human Age The World Shaped by Us

by Diane Ackerman

eBooks of the Month Popular Science The Real World

The Human Age The World Shaped by Us Synopsis

'Our relationship with nature has changed ...radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.' In The Human Age award-winning nature writer Diane Ackerman confronts the fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have 'subdued 75 per cent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness'. We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a 'frozen ark', equip orang-utans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating - perhaps saving - the future. The Human Age is a surprising, optimistic engagement with the dramatic transformations that have shaped, and continue to alter, our world, our relationship with nature and our prospects for the future. Diane Ackerman is one of our most lyrical, insightful and compelling writers on the natural world and The Human Age is a landmark book.

The Human Age The World Shaped by Us Press Reviews

'A dazzling achievement: immensely readable, lively, polymathic, audacious.' New York Times


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ISBN: 9780755365012
Publication date: 10/09/2015
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780755365012
Publication date: 10th September 2015
Author: Diane Ackerman
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Popular Science, The Real World,
Categories: Popular science, History of engineering & technology, Anthropology,

About Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the international bestsellers The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives with her husband Paul West in Ithaca, New York.

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