Patterns of Life: Special Editions of Groundbreaking Science BooksGardners
Yuval Noah Harari
One species among countless others has conquered planet Earth – human beings. We are the most creative and most destructive animals ever to have lived. Sapiens tells the story of how we came to create cities, kingdoms and empires, and how we came to believe in gods, nations, human rights, money, books and laws. It is stuffed with extraordinary facts and is a thrilling read that describes our journey from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age, from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.
The Origin of Species
The Origin of Species has been voted the most influential academic book ever written. It is the book that formed the basis of modern biology and the concept of biodiversity. First published in 1859, and based on twenty years of research, it was an instant bestseller. The implication that human beings, like all species, are the result of a process of evolution and not divinely created was a serious challenge to the veracity of the Bible. It changed religion and society forever.
Adventures in the Anthropocene
The ‘Anthropocene’ is the era in which we are living – an era defined by the changes we humans have made to the natural world. These changes have profoundly altered our world beyond anything it has experienced before in its 4.6 billion-year history. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing into the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans. Gaia Vince has gone around the world to see what’s really going on behind all the conflicting facts and stats about climate change. The ingenious solutions people have devised to reverse damage to the planet are fascinating.