A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

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Big History, the field that studies the entire known past of our universe to give context to human existence, has so far been the domain of historians. Geologist Walter Alvarez-best known for his Impact Theory explaining dinosaur extinction-makes a compelling case for a new, science-first approach to Big History. He brings a scientist's view to the human story, from the creation of our universe and our planet, the rise of life, the movement of our continents and its effect on human migration, to humanity's ascendance due to our mastery of Earth's natural resources. Alvarez's illuminating observations will give readers a new appreciation of the events, from the Big Bang to the Bronze Age and beyond, that have led to the human situation.

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Walter Alvarez is a professor of geology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of the best-selling T. Rex and the Crater of Doom. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and a past recipient of the Penrose Medal, the highest award given by the Geological Society of America. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Adam Verner has worked professionally in the voiceover industry for nine years, voicing everything from audiobooks, commercials, online videos, and even the voice of a beer coaster. Yes, indeed, a beer coaster that screams, "Beer thief!" when your brew is snatched. He came to voiceover from a stage background, holds a bachelor's in theatre from Bradley University and a master of fine arts from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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“[Alvarez] revels in the unlikely reality of life on Earth . . . enabling readers to experience the power of Big History.”
- Science

“Fans of Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything will appreciate Alvarez’s enthusiastic, clearly written tour of contingencies that have shaped our world, starting with the origins of life on Earth.”
- Science News

“For the past three decades, Walter Alvarez has been at the center of a revolution in how scientists think about the history of life and the Earth. In A Most Improbable Journey he gives us the biggest history of all, going from the Big Bang to our own place on the planet. Lively and profound and flavored with his infectious enthusiasm, Alvarez shows how each of us has won a truly massive lottery just to be a sentient being on this planet.”
- Neil Shubin, best-selling author of Your Inner Fish

“A wonderful account of Big History by a geologist. And not just any geologist, but the geologist who showed that the dinosaurs were done in by an unlucky asteroid strike! Alvarez writes with precision and great charm. And he reminds us how absurdly improbable is the role we play in this colossal story, and how many things had to go right for you and me to exist.”
- David Christian, founder of the field of Big History and author of Maps of Time

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