Burning Planet: The Story of Fire Through Time

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Price
$27.95  $25.71
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
Pages
256
Dimensions
6.3 X 1.0 X 9.4 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780198734840

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About the Author

Andrew C. Scott is Emeritus Professor of Geology and a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has co-authored and edited several academic books on fire, most recently Fire on Earth: An Introduction with David M. J. S. Bowman, William J. Bond, Stephen J. Pyne, andMartin E. Alexander. He appears regularly on radio and television science programmes.

Reviews


"This is an excellent and interesting book. Aimed at lay readers, it hits the target spot-on while including some fascinating scientific insights... The pictures are very good, the explanations add even more to them - Scott is a good communicator... This book is recommended for all. It should be bought not just read, as readers will want to return to it to confirm items and learn more." - Jeremy Joseph, The Geological Society


"Delightful primer." - Stephen J. Payner, Endeavor


"A scholarly and thoughtful account of the long history of fire on Earth." - Drew Gwilliams, Chemistry World


"Scott's dedication to the subject and the history he reconstructs here are amazing. If you have any interest in deep history and palaeontology this book is easy to recommend." - Leon Vlieger, The Inquisitive Biologist


"This is a thought-provoking book." - Jeremy Webb, New Scientist


"This is a gripping read." - Chris Darmon, Down to Earth


"One of those readable science histories whose scope, like Yuval Noah Hararie's Sapiens, blasts the general reader's mind." - Andrew Billen, The Times


"Scholarly yet accessible study... Scott's study of fossil charcoal has unearthed an astounding deep-past record of botanical riches and shifts in climate and oxygen levels. A timely book in an era of heightened fire risk and threats to water supply." - Barbara Kiser, Nature


"Thoughtful and carefully researched text ... that will satisfy academics and professionals, but is also a very readable volume for those who know little about the subject before reading this book ... an absorbing and rewarding study." - FireTrench


"Wildfire, that force of nature that terrifies us all, has played a vital role in the evolution of life and environments on Earth for million of years. Andrew Scott tells a fascinating personal story of his research into charcoal and the history of fire through geological time - and how fire will, no doubt, play a major role in our future warm world." - Dame Jane Francis, British Antarctic Survey


"Scott writes clearly and with great enthusiasm for his subject matter ... It is richly illustrated, with evocative reconstructions of past landscapes, vivid photos of bush fires, and striking 'micrographs' of charcoalified plants." - Billy Griffiths, Australian Book Review


"Andrew Scott's career-long obsession with fire has paid dividends. His detailed and entertaining book gives us a 'no-stone-unturned' account of the natural history of fire. It takes us on an extraordinary journey from fires on heathlands to the working of the Earth system with remarkable implications for life on the planet." - David Beerling, author of the Emerald Planet


"This deep time perspective shows that fire has always been with us, and raises the question about how we should live with it in the future." - Sir Peter Crane FRS, President, Oak Spring Garden Foundation and Former Director of the Royal Botanic Garden Kew


"Scott shows how the occurrence of fire through Earth history provides a new lens through which to understand the evolution of plants, animals, landscapes and climate changes through the last 450 million years, and to consider possible effects on human welfare. I recommend it to anyone curious about Earth history." - Jennifer A. Clack, FRS, Professor Emeritus of Vertebrate Palaeontology, Cambridge University


"Scott shows how the occurrence of fire through Earth history provides a new lens through which to understand the evolution of plants, animals, landscapes and climate changes through the last 450 million years, and to consider possible effects on human welfare. I recommend it to anyone curious about Earth history." - Jennifer A. Clack, FRS, Professor Emeritus of Vertebrate Palaeontology, Cambridge University


"An excellent read for those interested in 'deep time' and the paleorecord, as well as those of us who find charred materials exciting." -- Cristina Santin, International Journal of Wildland Fire