She gives a lot of great examples of new or maturing technologies that are minimizing out impact on the environment. A highly literary book of science essays, strange as it may seem, especially to uninitiated. They only tested with 3 species of birds, all of which had gravels, though. I will call and see if they have it. I'm hoping the finished version had more footnotes and references to back up some of the more fantastical elements she discusses. Ackerman's poetic and emotional sensibility really suited the subject matter of those books, which felt like masterworks of scientific writing that managed to connect heart and mind. From your search results, use the Narrow Search options on the left-hand side of the screen.
Instead we are given a long list of 'further reading' at the end, which was not even ordered by chapter or topic. I just found the neatest used bookstore. But even better, it spends much more time expounding on really awesome things we as humans have done to stop or reverse that harm. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Read the book on paper - it is quite a powerful experience. I've read many of her books and learned a lot from each one. This book really is amazing.
In line with a growing number of scientists, the author argues that humans are changing the earth on a scale too grand to underestimate. The Industrial Revolution had a huge impact which continues to this day. It doesn't d I wish I could give half stars. I found each chapter well written, almost poetic. I cannot imagine a richer text of image and insight, rendered with grace, intelligence and stamina. We tinker with nature at every opportunity; we garden the planet with our preferred species of plants and animals, many of them invasive; and we have eve. There is so much I want to highlight.
Poet, author, educator, adventurer, and naturalist, she tries to bridge science and art in her writing, exploring questions of who we are, where we come from, and how we fit into the fabric of the world. If you are interested in science, presented in a clear and straightforward manner, you should enjoy this book. But the real pleasure in this book lies in her broad scope of examining the age we live in. But even better, it spends much more time expounding on really awesome things we as humans have done to stop or reverse that harm. Yes, as others have mentioned, Ackerman covers a lot of ground. I love Diane Ackerman and the way she skates on the clouds giving us the most supreme overview of the world we have created so far as well as the world we are creating bit by bit in every corner. Her descriptions of many recent innovations humans have made to help Mother Earth were uplifting and awe-inspiring, and she truly is a poet with her countless vivid metaphors and flowery prose sometimes flowery prose gets on my nerves but in this case it did not.
Last year, only one memoir, a genre in which women writers have been rather prolific, made the longlist and of the past 50 nonfiction books nominated, only 4 had been memoirs. Our new epoch is laced with invention. The Good: I really liked how she frames our current age in the eyes of a researcher from the future studying what is left behind after a geologic age or two. I think the purple prose will be there to stay, though; the writing isn't terrible, but it's rather overloaded, and I'm not keen on Ackerman's flights of imagination. It's one thing to imagine the trace we're leaving on the ear I got a proof copy of this from Bookbridgr, so I'm not sure how many of the issues are going to be dealt with before the completed book is rolled out. I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway program.
She also writes nature books for children including Animal Sense; Monk Seal Hideaway; and Bats: Shadows in the Night. This was the first book I have read by Diane Ackerman and I am really looking forward to reading her other works. This is a coming-of-age story. The language is evocative and even flowery at times, which was pleasantly surprising for a book about science and technology. This book was beautifully written, but if you're looking for just what's going on right now and nothing else, this may not be the right book for you, as it was not for me.
No doubt, there will be many. The problem here is perhaps the book is almost more concerned with being a colorfully written than dealing with the content at hand. 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. I read The Human Age and thought, Yes! With her distinctive gift for making scientific discovery intelligible to the layperson, Ackerman takes us on an exhilarating journey through our new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating—perhaps saving—our future and that of our fellow creatures. This is an honest look at this new world, how we got here and the myriad ways we are making it better.
Thanks to some truly purple prose, I did not enjoy learning those things. I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program. Her chapters are short, though her sentences are long, and all in all it's a quick one. I appreciated her gentle encouragement to be more aware of the effect I am having on our planet in the way I live my life. Ackerman outlines in this book that humans mastered nature in the Industrial Age and now in the Anthropocene era we must be dedicated to solving the problems we brought on from industrialization - encouraging the relentless problem solvers and creative minds among us to come up with long-term sustainable solutions for the future of planet Earth. Here she points out how humans have shaped the entire planet beginning with planting crops and domesticating animals instead of merely hunting and gathering. A beguiling, optimistic engagement with the changes affecting every part of our lives, The Human Age is a wise and beautiful book that will astound, delight, and inform intelligent life for a long time to come.
This is writing that borders on poetic flourish. Ackerman examines our humble origins and the thresholds of discovery we have yet to cross. It would have perhaps been more appropriately packaged as a series of articles in a tech or pop science publication. Apps for apes ; Wild heart, anthropocene mind ; Black marble ; Handmade landscapes ; A dialect of stone ; Monkeying with the weather ; Gaia in a temper ; Brainstorming from equator to ice ; Blue revolution -- In the house of stone and light. Electronic versions of the books were found automatically and may be incorrect wrong.
Last year I particularly noted the disappointing lack of books that blurred genres or categories. Ackerman examines our humble origins and the thresholds of discovery we have yet to cross. Her description of had me thinking it was far better than a little research showed it is. Ackerman's prior books and after reading The Human Age, I realize that have I have found a profound authority on natural science. And as a nudge for all of us to consider how we can be part of the solution to our environmental ills, it is an important book. I was a huge fan of Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses and A Natural History of Love, both of which I adored for their sensuous, rich language and heartfelt erudition. She is honest about our mistakes, our disregard for the earth, our sometimes unwise decisions to change the earth into our likeness, but she is optimistic about our future.