"This fascinating, unique book examines aspects of geology in a different way than most of the standard scientific books in geology, or paleontology in particular. It is a suspenseful, story-telling book, but still clearly conveys the scientific facts. It examines many new aspects of geology in a simple, clear, appealing, and amusing way...Any graduate or undergraduate student in geology would enjoy reading this book because it evolves through the many explanations of a segment of the life history of our planet. The author has written his book in an interesting, entertaining, and educational way that provides the reader with accurate scientific conclusions while re-engineering the standard presentation of standard geology or paleontology books. Teachers and professors who teach an introductory geology course will greatly enjoy and benefit from this well-written book." -- Fouad Michael-AAPG Bulletin, V.83, No. 11 (November 1999)
"for the general reader, Time Machines may be the most interesting book yet by the University of Washington prof" -- Seattle Weekly
For anyone interested in how and why as well as the what of paleontology, Time Machines is a must read. -- American Scientist
This is William Blake's world in a grain of sand, and Ward shows how science both feeds, and is fed by, the human imagination. The effect is exhilarating. -- New Scientist, Ted Nield
About the Author
Peter D. Ward is Professor of Geological Sciences and Professor of Zoology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of The Call of Distant Mammoths, The End of Evolution, On Methuselah's Trail, and, with Donald Brownlee, Rare Earth.