The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks: Tales of Important Geological Puzzles and the People Who Solved Them


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Columbia University Press
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6.3 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Donald R. Prothero has taught paleontology and geology for almost four decades. He is adjunct professor of geological sciences at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, adjunct professor of geology at Pierce College, and research associate in vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. His Columbia University Press books include Bringing Fossils to Life: An Introduction to Paleobiology (third edition, 2013); The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution (2015); and Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters (second edition, 2017).


The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks provides twenty-five well-lit doorways into the sometimes dark and imposing edifice of the geologic past. Colorful characters welcome the reader in, revealing the very human nature of scientific inquiry and our long and complicated relationship with rocks.--Marcia Bjornerud, author of Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of Earth
Geologist Donald Prothero has crafted a rock-solid premise for this delightful book.--Barbara Kiser "Nature "
A natural follow-up to the author's The Story of Life in 25 Fossils . . . [A] useful introduction to geology.--Kirkus Reviews
In 25 short and enjoyable chapters, [Prothero] explores issues that have been at the center of geology since long before geology was a science... Prothero provides thought-provoking historical context for each subject and presents information about the individuals responsible for advancing geological knowledge--including James Hutton, Charles Lyell, and Alfred Wegener--while explaining the underlying science in an accessible manner.--Publishers Weekly
I learned something and gained a deeper appreciation for the history of Earth science from reading The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks. I recommend it to anyone interested in tales of scientific discovery and natural marvels.--Physics Today
Skillfully presents a vast array of facts that should appeal to readers newly acquainted with Earth science who are interested in learning a bit more.--Choice