The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us

Diane Ackerman (Author)
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Description

Humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness." 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 even altered the climate, threatening our own extinction. Yet we reckon with our own destructive capabilities in extraordinary acts of hope-filled creativity: we collect the DNA of vanishing species in a "frozen ark," equip orangutans with iPads, and create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. 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.

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.

Product Details

Price
$27.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
September 10, 2014
Pages
344
Dimensions
6.61 X 1.09 X 9.52 inches | 1.42 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780393240740

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About the Author

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the best-selling The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

Reviews

In this amazingly illuminating book, Diane Ackerman explains our future with her typically intoxicating blend of scholarship, wisdom, grace and humor.--Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies
With this stirringly vivid, darkbright manifesto, Diane Ackerman summons us to the wager of sheer possibility: life against death, delight still (if only just barely) trouncing despair.--Lawrence Weschler, author of Everything that Rises, Pulitzer Prize finalist
Ackerman is a gorgeous writer and perceptive observer. Here she writes with great empathy about the human plight.--Kate Tuttle
Exquisite and startling.--Tim Flannery
An ode to the planet we've created for ourselves... Rarely grim, and the overwhelming spirit is one of relentless optimism.--Nathanial Rich
[Ackerman] raises the bar for her peers...her penetrating insight is a joy to behold.
Diane Ackerman's vivid writing, inexhaustible stock of insights, and unquenchable optimism have established her as a national treasure, and as one of our great authors. You're now about to become addicted to Diane Ackerman.--Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and The World Until Yesterday
A book to dip around in--skimming some parts and perusing others with care--as your interest guides you, enjoying Ackerman's profound sense of mind play as you go.--Ben Dickinson
A hard look at the impact that humans have had on Earth... thought provoking.--Kyle Anderson
Fascinating... Ackerman offers a cross-cultural tour of human ingenuity ... Her words invite us to feel the hope she feels.--Barbara J. King
[A] thought-provoking analysis of our connection to the earth... A lens that magnifies and clarifies the fascinating, far-reaching effects humans have had on our planet and ourselves.--Lee E. Cart
A humdinger of a book... Ackerman is optimistic, even exhilarated, and frequently giddy about the future of humanity.--Jon Christensen
The Human Age allows us to consider whether or not we will accept destruction or restoration as our legacy. I cannot imagine a richer text of image and insight, rendered with grace, intelligence and stamina.--Terry Tempest Williams, author of When Women Were Birds
The Human Age allows us to consider whether or not we will accept destruction or restoration as our legacy. I cannot imagine a richer text of image and insight, rendered with grace, intelligence and stamina.--Terry Tempest Williams, author of When Women Were Birds