Life: An Unauthorized Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth

4.04 avg rating
( 2,280 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780006384205: Life: An Unauthorized Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth

A magisterial exploration of the natural history of the first four thousand million years of life on and in the earth, by one of Britain's most dazzling science writers. What do any of us know about the history of our planet before the arrival of man? Most of us have a dim impression of a swirling mass of dust solidifying to form a volcanic globe, briefly populated by dinosaurs, then by woolly mammoths and finally by our own hairy ancestors. This book, aimed at the curious and intelligent but perhaps mildly uninformed reader, brilliantly dispels such lingering notions forever. At the end of the book we understand the complexity of the history of life on earth, and the complexity of how it has come to be understood, as, perhaps, from no other single volume. The result is enthralling.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Richard Fortey is a senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum. He is the author of several books including The Hidden Landscape, which won the Natural World Book of the Year in 1993.

Review:

'This is not a book for people who like science books. It is a book for people who love books, and life... [Fortey] has written a wonderful book.' Tim Radford, Guardian 'Read this book because it is, indeed, the best natural history of the first four billion years of life on earth.' John Gribbin, Sunday Times 'Fortey writes beautifully and this is a wonderful biography of rock and life... He has restored palaeontology to its rightful place in the pantheon.' Lewis Wolpert, Observer 'Richard Fortey is a scientist... but his big, rich history of four billion years of evolution is written with an artist's zest for life and language... In his last chapter Fortey quotes Goethe: "Zum Erstaunen bin ich da - I am here to wonder." Richard Fortey has the rare gift of making his readers share that wonder. Anyone who wants to understand how we came to be here on earth, 4,000,000,000 years after life began, should read this sparkling book.' Maggie Gere, Daily Telegraph 'The tale of life needs constant retelling. Thank some happy accident of history that we have Fortey to tell it to us anew.' Ted Nield, New Scientist

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Richard A. Fortey
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (1998)
ISBN 10: 000638420X ISBN 13: 9780006384205
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 122 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. A magisterial exploration of the natural history of the first four thousand million years of life on and in the earth, by one of Britain s most dazzling science writers. What do any of us know about the history of our planet before the arrival of man? Most of us have a dim impression of a swirling mass of dust solidifying to form a volcanic globe, briefly populated by dinosaurs, then by woolly mammoths and finally by our own hairy ancestors. This book, aimed at the curious and intelligent but perhaps mildly uninformed reader, brilliantly dispels such lingering notions forever. At the end of the book we understand the complexity of the history of life on earth, and the complexity of how it has come to be understood, as, perhaps, from no other single volume. The result is enthralling. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780006384205

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Richard A. Fortey
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (1998)
ISBN 10: 000638420X ISBN 13: 9780006384205
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 122 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. A magisterial exploration of the natural history of the first four thousand million years of life on and in the earth, by one of Britain s most dazzling science writers. What do any of us know about the history of our planet before the arrival of man? Most of us have a dim impression of a swirling mass of dust solidifying to form a volcanic globe, briefly populated by dinosaurs, then by woolly mammoths and finally by our own hairy ancestors. This book, aimed at the curious and intelligent but perhaps mildly uninformed reader, brilliantly dispels such lingering notions forever. At the end of the book we understand the complexity of the history of life on earth, and the complexity of how it has come to be understood, as, perhaps, from no other single volume. The result is enthralling. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780006384205

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Richard A. Fortey
ISBN 10: 000638420X ISBN 13: 9780006384205
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800063842050000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Richard A. Fortey
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 000638420X ISBN 13: 9780006384205
New Paperback Quantity Available: 6
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Life: An Unauthorised Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth, Richard A. Fortey, A magisterial exploration of the natural history of the first four thousand million years of life on and in the earth, by one of Britain's most dazzling science writers. What do any of us know about the history of our planet before the arrival of man? Most of us have a dim impression of a swirling mass of dust solidifying to form a volcanic globe, briefly populated by dinosaurs, then by woolly mammoths and finally by our own hairy ancestors. This book, aimed at the curious and intelligent but perhaps mildly uninformed reader, brilliantly dispels such lingering notions forever. At the end of the book we understand the complexity of the history of life on earth, and the complexity of how it has come to be understood, as, perhaps, from no other single volume. The result is enthralling. Bookseller Inventory # B9780006384205

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.61
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Richard Fortey
Published by Flamingo (1998)
ISBN 10: 000638420X ISBN 13: 9780006384205
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Flamingo, 1998. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # GH9780006384205

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.02
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Fortey, Richard A.
Published by Flamingo (1998)
ISBN 10: 000638420X ISBN 13: 9780006384205
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
WFL
(Holtsville, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Flamingo, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New , ready to ship. Bookseller Inventory # FGYC8971

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.40
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Fortey, Richard A.
Published by Flamingo (1998)
ISBN 10: 000638420X ISBN 13: 9780006384205
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
WFL
(Holtsville, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Flamingo, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New , ready to ship. Bookseller Inventory # FGYB8971

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.40
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Richard A. Fortey
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (1998)
ISBN 10: 000638420X ISBN 13: 9780006384205
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1998. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # FC-9780006384205

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.53
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Richard A. Fortey
Published by Flamingo (1998)
ISBN 10: 000638420X ISBN 13: 9780006384205
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Flamingo, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000638420X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

R.A. Fortey
Published by Flamingo (1998)
ISBN 10: 000638420X ISBN 13: 9780006384205
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Print on Demand
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Flamingo, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 416 pages. In Stock. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # __000638420X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.68
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book