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"Timefulness is a delightful and interesting read. . . . Made me feel as though I was having a glass of wine with a friend who was explaining geologic history while sketching on a napkin."―David R. Wunsch, Science
"In this trenchant study, Bjornerud calls for a new geological literacy to instill deeper knowledge of planetary rhythms and processes."―Barbara Kiser, Nature
"A manifesto for humanity―but on a very long timescale."―Mick O'Hare, New Scientist
"Bjornerud's lucid writing gives geology an energy it rarely has in popular imagination."―Justin Cober-Lake, Englewood Review of Books --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Publication date : September 11, 2018
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- Print length : 221 pages
- Publisher : Princeton University Press; Illustrated edition (September 11, 2018)
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- ASIN : B07CSGJKZR
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Professor Bjornerud begins by describing and narrating Earth Time, providing an overview of the geological ages of this planet. Her narrative completely reinforces and humbles one into the reality of a tamped down ego and our being a totally insignificant speck, less in size than a grain of sand, But as history unfolds, a speck that influences negatively, the planet.
The author describes the creation of the earth, and the formation of the crust of the earth, and the tectonic plate movements. While this may seem familiar, Professor Bjornerud provides a running commentary on the history of knowledge of the earth and how it has changed over recorded history as our knowledge, observational skills and insights and technology have provided information to reshape our understanding, constantly and in so many exciting way. Following the creation of the Earth, she devotes herself to explaining the development of Air, complimenting the history its information wiyh the interactions of the crust of the Earth and the Waters, impacting the Air content.
The development of CO2 and O in our atmosphere are very recent events. Her description of how the discovery of ancient air occurred, is truly enlightening. The balance that Nature maintained between presence and exchange, or more correctly the consistency of air quality and CO2, is a sobering story. Also when she explains the non consistency of climate, forever, the Professor puts into perspective how we have created a rather unhealthy situation for life, at this moment, as the order of magnitude of CO2 in the atmosphere is beyond any reasonable historical predictive model.
Reading the story of billions of years of Earth time can only be described as a revelatory moment.
Professor Bjornerud then devotes an extremely insightful chapter to the question of "what can we do?" She is not a person advocating radical stifling of capitalism, and returning to tribal hunting and foraging. She develops several approaches in a multi-pronged analysis. A contemplative person is illustrated boldly.
The only reason I will not give it an Amazon 5 is because of her digressive berating of personal irritants of knowledge and the scientific method. Specifically, she devotes many, many pages denouncing students of Creationism as if she has to prove their errors rhetorically, illustrating her debating skills and ability to 'put down' others who challenge her. She is wasting her time. And throughout the book, there are digressive and sarcastic comments about colleagues or other academics with whom she is disgusted; example , page 135 speaking of an scientist, she says, "...in my view, he should have an asterisk next to his name in the annals of science, like an athlete whose medals was rescinded for doping" and continues with a rather unflattering reference.
I'm often comforted by her perspective on our plights: "Growing old requires one to shed the illusion that there is only one version of the world" and "The grandeur [of nature] has always included us; we have simply tormented ourselves with the idea that we are outside the garden" and her skepticism of environmental panaceas: "What on early makes us think we can control nature on a global scale, when we haven't even learned to control ourselves?"
I immediately picked up her prior book, Reading the Rocks, after finishing Timefulness. It's also exceptional. Thank for the thoughtful contributions Marcia.