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T. rex and the Crater of Doom (Princeton Science Library, 73) Revised Edition, Kindle Edition
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Walter Alvarez, a geologist at the University of California at Berkeley, and one of the four scientists who present this theory on the mystery, tells the story in a clear narrative that contains a wealth of scientific material. The book does require an investment of attention, but the presentation is quite readable, and the story itself is fascinating. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The book is very well written and so engrossing that a reader with little or no background in the earth's geologic history will enjoy an easy and vastly entertaining summary of how we came to our present understanding of the past. It is a wonderful adventure in science."---Dale Russell, The Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Every library with geology holdings will want to have this book. . . . Alvarez offers a great detective story. . . .", Choice
"[D]eft and readable . . . T. rex and the Crater of Doom gets the facts across in a lighthearted, almost playful manner. But it's also solid science, a clear and efficient exposition that conveys plenty of cogent detail while keeping an eye on the subtle interplay of thought, action, and personality that makes scientific research such arresting human behavior. . . . [An] estimable account from the world's leading authority on death from above."---Timothy Ferris, New York Times Book Review
"A first-rate, swiftly paced tale of how science can propel its participants down avenues of surprising discovery to breathtaking conclusions."---Charles Petit, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is the story of one of the greatest adventures of twentieth-century science, told by the central figure. Walter Alvarez relates the still-evolving story with insight, clarity, and warmth. It is a great read for both scientist and layperson."―Richard Muller, author of Nemesis: The Death Star
"Appealing and accessible, an excellent introduction to the subject.", Kirkus Review
"A nicely told and well-written tale of scientific discovery.", Library Journal
"A fascinating proof of a once ridiculed theory. In fitting together the puzzle of dino demise, Alvarez excitingly shapes the story for the widest audience.", Booklist
"An unfolding story told by its leading protagonist. . . . Very clearly and entertainingly written, and illustrated with fascinating colour plates, it is accessible even to nonspecialists."---Arthur C. Clarke, The Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Publication date : June 25, 2013
- File size : 7792 KB
- Print length : 202 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Princeton University Press; Revised edition (June 25, 2013)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00BMVRBLC
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- Best Sellers Rank: #235,653 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Recommend for someone looking for a term paper source of information.
This is the story of Walter Alvarez and his colleagues and their careful science that yielded ideas, insights, and then, whammo! the Big Idea that there might be an external component to the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. It is a forensic mystery worthy of "CSI" except this is the real deal, and the slog work of doing research took this band of scientists all over the world in search of enlightenment. Leveraging new developments in dating techniques and the best minds in the field and out of it (did I mention that Walter Alvarez is the son of Luis Alvarez, the Nobel Award winner for physics?), the adventure is somewhat stalled until the discovery of oil company drilling cores from the Chixulub region of Mexico that confirm evidence of an impact in that region. It is an eleventh-hour discovery just as interest is waning and funding is running out - a development worthy of the "Nova" episode that it eventually became.
As much fun as it is to read mysteries, it is equally fun to read about the real-life trials and tribulations of a band of intrepid individuals who have a hypothesis and then are able to methodically test it, with startling results. One of the joys of this book is Alvarez's generosity toward those whose work supported him and propelled him forward, as well as his occasional head-scratching humility. This really isn't a vanity piece but it is a definite good read.
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The first chapter describing armagedon is breathtaking. The other good thing is that the author also talks about his failures.
The only thing is that the author digress on some of his personal details but it stays relatively short and concise which actually helps the story anyway.
...oh yeah - and it was $0.01, so even if it was in significantly worse shape, but still readable, I'd still give it 5 stars because it actually arrived!
Very much looking forward to reading it!
Thank you Walter Alvarez!
Com, quan i per què van desapareixer els dinosaures del planeta Terra. Aquí hi ha la resposta exquisidament descrita.
Si vas gaudir de "A Short Story of Nearly Everything" del Bill Bryson, aquest llibre et delectarà. No te'l perdis. Tan si ets un ciutadà allunyat del mètode científic com si vius en el món de la ciència, estic segur que devoraràs el contingut d'aquest magnífic document en que es combina el pensament i l'acció de diversos premis Nobel.