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(io9)   The 10 books you absolutely must read to understand the history of Earth   (io9.com) divider line 84
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2012-11-20 09:49:04 AM
hey gaiz is this the thread where we air out our anti-theist butt hurt pout rage?

invisible sky lizards lol lol lol lol

/lulz
//trololololol
///u mad
 
2012-11-20 09:52:06 AM
And though it's 1400 plus pages long and nominally a textbook, Gould's The Structure of Evolutionary Theory is a very good read and easily accessible to the lay reader.
 
2012-11-20 09:52:45 AM
Can someone post the list? My smartphone, to which my laptop is tethered, won't load Gawker sites. I have no idea why.
 
2012-11-20 09:53:51 AM
This one's easier:

i.walmartimages.com
 
2012-11-20 10:02:43 AM
I've read #2 and it was really good. #3 is even better. #10 is also excellent. One of my favorite books. I suppose the rest will end up in on my wishlist.
 
2012-11-20 10:09:48 AM

gilatrout: I thought about posting a snark about the bible, but after reading the article and seeing McPhee's book, I had to chime in. It is a book every aspiring Geologist should read. I got derailed in Mineralogy because I couldn't find the words to write a paper. After reading McPhee, I realized that the story was a story to tell beyond the dry formulae and fracture patterns.

I've made a point of driving across country while listening to the audio book version several times.


Describe the country.
 
2012-11-20 10:12:24 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: I'm surpised Guns, Germs and Steel by Jarod Diamond wasn't include


Count me as equally disappointed.
 
2012-11-20 10:12:47 AM
Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors

Hey, baby, we've got biological history together.
 
2012-11-20 10:13:47 AM

kyleaugustus: Mid_mo_mad_man: I'm surpised Guns, Germs and Steel by Jarod Diamond wasn't include

Count me as equally disappointed.


Anthropological history, not earth.
 
2012-11-20 10:26:17 AM

Linux_Yes: WorldCitizen: CNN today tells me that 46% of Americans believe the Earth is only 6,000 to 10,000 years old. Jesus wept.


the thumpers also believe that man coexisted with dinos. all ya' have to do is believe. no scientific evidence of man and dinos, but hey, just believing makes it so.


Actually there are a bunch of fossilized footprints. But this probably indicates that some dinos survived alot longer than thought. There are native stories that indicate plesiosours may still survive in the Amazon. Among other other possible survivors.
Just Google "human and dinosaur footprints".
 
2012-11-20 10:38:58 AM

Wrencher: Actually there are a bunch of fossilized footprints. But this probably indicates that some dinos survived alot longer than thought. There are native stories that indicate plesiosours may still survive in the Amazon. Among other other possible survivors.
Just Google "human and dinosaur footprints".


If you look into it in the geological literature you can see that it is actually just an artifact of geological formations and shifting. I don't recall all of the technical details as geology isn't my thing but it has been shown that they aren't actually of the same age.
 
2012-11-20 10:41:56 AM

DarnoKonrad: kyleaugustus: Mid_mo_mad_man: I'm surpised Guns, Germs and Steel by Jarod Diamond wasn't include

Count me as equally disappointed.

Anthropological history, not earth.


Unfortunately. While I have nothing at all against the history of the Earth and do finding it deeply interesting, I was expecting the list to at least touch upon the development of Homo Sapiens at the end of it all.
 
2012-11-20 10:44:40 AM
If it ain't on a kindle, I ain't reading it. Only 3 or 4 of the books are.
 
2012-11-20 10:50:17 AM
I was hoping for at least a little bit of human history in there.

So I'll pop in the book I'm currently working through, The World That Never Was by Alex Butterworth. It's about anarchism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and- fair warning- you need a sizable vocabulary just to keep up.
 
2012-11-20 10:55:09 AM
Anything by John McPhee is good.
 
2012-11-20 11:00:32 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: I'm surpised Guns, Germs and Steel by Jarod Diamond wasn't include


It seems like the list was more about natural history than human history; otherwise I would agree with you.
 
2012-11-20 11:06:44 AM

HMS_Blinkin: Mid_mo_mad_man: I'm surpised Guns, Germs and Steel by Jarod Diamond wasn't include

It seems like the list was more about natural history than human history; otherwise I would agree with you.


True then maybe his book Collapse then?
 
2012-11-20 11:08:36 AM

NowhereMon: Big thumbs up for Annals of the Former World! It's a simply fantastic collection of books. Anything by John McPhee really is worth the read.


read as "Anal in the Former World". Probly a better book, too.
 
2012-11-20 11:10:58 AM
I thought this was the only book I needed?


ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-11-20 11:17:25 AM

kvinesknows: I thought this was the only book I needed?


Sadly, it was first when this came out that I suddenly saw how interconnected many of my history classes were and I never realized it. More history classes need this type of reference.
 
2012-11-20 11:20:01 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: HMS_Blinkin: Mid_mo_mad_man: I'm surpised Guns, Germs and Steel by Jarod Diamond wasn't include

It seems like the list was more about natural history than human history; otherwise I would agree with you.

True then maybe his book Collapse then?


Collapse is also about human history.
 
2012-11-20 11:23:54 AM
If you prefer your history with a dash of humor, read this series:
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/hot image
 
2012-11-20 11:25:33 AM

miniflea: Mid_mo_mad_man: HMS_Blinkin: Mid_mo_mad_man: I'm surpised Guns, Germs and Steel by Jarod Diamond wasn't include

It seems like the list was more about natural history than human history; otherwise I would agree with you.

True then maybe his book Collapse then?

Collapse is also about human history.


Was trying to tie in the climate/environmental change theme in it
 
2012-11-20 11:27:21 AM
I think we really need to know what the other five were...

i2.listal.com
 
2012-11-20 11:27:53 AM
manilovefilms.com
 
2012-11-20 11:28:58 AM
img.gawkerassets.com

/Wishlist
 
2012-11-20 11:39:00 AM
No Carl Sagan's Cosmos?

As much as I am a book geek, I am as well a big fan of this place.... The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta.

/raddest museum ever
 
2012-11-20 12:25:39 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: I'm surpised Guns, Germs and Steel by Jarod Diamond wasn't include


Agree.
 
2012-11-20 01:18:14 PM

pkellmey: kvinesknows: I thought this was the only book I needed?

Sadly, it was first when this came out that I suddenly saw how interconnected many of my history classes were and I never realized it. More history classes need this type of reference.


its actually pretty neat to have if you ignore the stuff at the start. its a really good reference point once it starts dealing in reality
 
2012-11-20 03:00:16 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: miniflea: Mid_mo_mad_man: HMS_Blinkin: Mid_mo_mad_man: I'm surpised Guns, Germs and Steel by Jarod Diamond wasn't include

It seems like the list was more about natural history than human history; otherwise I would agree with you.

True then maybe his book Collapse then?

Collapse is also about human history.

Was trying to tie in the climate/environmental change theme in it


To be fair, I agree with both of you, both of those books should be required reading for anyone with an interest in history. There is a universal human tendency to think one's own group is better than all the others, and no other book I've read better explains the fact that group A being intrinsically superior to group B is not a factor, or even true at all.
 
Ant
2012-11-20 04:04:54 PM

phaseolus: I'd like to add

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...to the list, if I may. There's a liiiiitle bit of editorializing in there which might annoy U.S. Republicans, but not too much.

NowhereMon: Big thumbs up for Annals of the Former World! It's a simply fantastic collection of books. Anything by John McPhee really is worth the read.

I'll third this recommendation. Like everything else McPhee's written, it's a wonderful read.


I'd add Climbing Mount Improbable as well:

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
Ant
2012-11-20 04:06:16 PM

Epicedion: This one's easier:

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I love that book (Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything)
 
2012-11-20 05:08:58 PM
Piling on the Annals of the Former World love. Maybe one of the greatest non-fiction books I've ever read.
 
2012-11-20 06:52:38 PM

InmanRoshi: Piling on the Annals of the Former World love. Maybe one of the greatest non-fiction books I've ever read.


Indeed. I was shocked by how quickly I read it, and how much I learned.
 
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