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"With humor and humanity, Oxygen captures the excitement of scientific discovery and describes the amazing natural history of how Earth's oxygenated atmosphere came to be."--Ed DeLong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"A fascinating, accessible tour through the history of atmospheric oxygen, written by one of the world's top geobiologists. Canfield takes the reader from the anaerobic early Archean Earth up through the modern highly oxygenated environment, providing pointers to the relevant scientific literature along the way. Even experts in this field will learn things from his book."--James Kasting, author of How to Find a Habitable Planet
"In Oxygen, Don Canfield recounts two epics in one--the evolution of breathable air over the entirety of Earth history, and the equally engaging account of how scientists have reconstructed this history from chemical details in ancient rocks. Even those who know the story well, or think they do, will find much food for thought."--Andrew Knoll, Harvard University, author of Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
"Canfield takes us on a journey through the discovery of what produces oxygen, how oxygen evolved on the planet, and how that evolution influenced other aspects of planetary evolution. An enjoyable book."--Lee Kump, coauthor of The Earth System
"This is a wonderful introduction to the most important event in Earth history--the rise of oxygen in the atmosphere. Canfield shares his broad and deep grasp of the field, his research leadership, his respect and admiration for the work of others, and his excitement and healthy skepticism about what we know--and still need to know."--Timothy W. Lyons, University of California, Riverside
This is pretty detailed stuff, though interesting if you have a good background in geology and chemistry.
I highly recommend this book for those readers who choose to understand the importance and the future of the air we breath.
The writer writes well for a scientist, which is no small feat, however this book is not really for the everyday reader.
The book is way too dense like a textbook. I like these science non-fiction books when they are a little easier to read. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Derek Guzman
"Oxygen" by Donald Canfield was a book that started out with promise. The first four chapters gave a plethora of information about oxygen and its absence then rise in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cornell
- like it or not this book gets technical, you should have some high school sience to get it - but you won't have to brush up on it either. Read morePublished 5 months ago by william hocking
For those of us who enjoy geology but aren't geologists, Donald Canfield gives you a taste of what feels like to live in his world. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve
I recommend this book. Donald E. Canfield describes very clearly and scientifically perfect way the importance of oxygen in our planet and especially for life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chico
The story of where current research into the history of the world's oxygen supply has currently arrived. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lewis T. Fitch
I was enticed to read this book after the opening chapter was republished in Natural History magazine. Of course, it turns out that chapter is the most interesting in the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Karl Biesemier
This is a well-written book by a highly qualified scientist. The story of how the global ecosystem remains stable, though complex, is well told.Published 7 months ago by Roger P. Zabkie
I think the storytelling in this book works really well, especially considering the daunting challenge to merge a personal account with accurate science - while keeping the flow. Read morePublished 7 months ago by emma hammarlund