Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Richard Fortey
A wonderful journey through the history of life on this planet. The author takes the time to dally over interesting diversions and injects autobiographical life lessons and amusement to help keep our feet firmly in the present day.
So we get to know more about our current understanding of the huge vistas of time the stretch behind us and what our relatives were up to and we get an inkling of the kinds of people who are doing the research.
Fortey's obvious delight in his subject shines through and this book is great for both the layman and scientist alike.
If you are at all curious about why and how we we got here then this book is great start in exploring such a vast topic.
4 out of 5 stars.