Keeping A Weather Eye

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Climate remains a focus of public debate whatever the distractions of credit crunches, wayward parliamentarians, or a general election. These two books look specifically at the impacts of climate change, and what they mean for us all. Wolfgang Behringer’s A Cultural History of Climate was first published in Germany in 2007, but his analysis of […]

Getting Warmer…

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

There has been a flurry of books published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), but James Kasting’s offering stands out from the pack. He is not so much concerned with the prospects for communicating with ET, but with assessing the likelihood that ET exists. His approach […]

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The Music of Ophiolites

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

The vanished ocean at the heart of this book formed a little over 250 million years ago as the last supercontinent, Pangaea, slowly assembled. At that moment, nearly all the Earth’s landmasses were united in a single unit consisting of two halves – Gondwanaland in the southern hemisphere and Laurasia in the northern – stretching […]

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