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One of the great mysteries is what happened to the dinosaurs and it has taken great detective work to give us an answer. In T. Rex and the Crater of Doom, some brilliant, not to mention determined, scientists roam the world and seek out the clues. What they conclude is that the earth withstood a colossal impact with a meteor (or perhaps a comet) 65 million years ago. The resulting cataclysm destroyed half the life on the planet.
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.
One of New York Times Notable Books for 1997
"[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 geologist (who happens to be a kind of working philosopher) gives a deft, readable explanation of the extinction of the dinosaurs."--New York Times Book Review
"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
"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
"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
"Every library with geology holdings will want to have this book. . . . Alvarez offers a great detective story. . . . "--Choice
"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 Examiner & Chronicle
"This personal account of the search for a geological Excalibur makes fascinating reading. . . . [It] reads like Arthurian legend, full of temptations which lead the hero astray and distract him and his followers from the true path."--Douglas Palmer, New Scientist
"Alvarez's book recounts this scientific detective story in an authoritative yet consistently engaging manner. Once considered absurd, the idea that extraterrestrial factors were involved in some of the great crises in the history of life has become widely accepted."--Hans-Dieter Sues, Toronto Globe and Mail
"A nicely told and well-written tale of scientific discovery."--Library Journal
"Appealing and accessible, an excellent introduction to the subject."--Kirkus Review
"Reading Alvarez's book is a bit like reading a letter from an old friend you haven't seen for 30 years. . . . Serious passages are offset by cheeky commentary and humble asides that keep the book from becoming overly solemn or preachy."--Rachel Berstein, Berkeley Science Review
"If you love mysteries and enjoy science, this is a wonderful book to read."--Wildlife Activist
A fast read. It is possible to read this book in a day because it is short but mainly because the author keeps you interested all the way long. Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2011 by Eric le rouge
An excellent and easy read. A vivid and entertaining story of the science of the impact and the scientific process around the discovery. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2009 by BRG
This book is a nice account of the catastrophic event that wiped out the dinosaurs. I would give the book a rating of 5, but there is a wonderful 15 page narration of the event... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 1999
I know Amazon since 5 months. This is the first book that I purchased. The book is very clear and can be read as a roman. The thought of the author is clear to understand. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 1999
Reading T. Rex and the Crater of Doom took me right back to the last semester of my senior year at Berkeley, taking Prof. Alvarez' Geology 10 class. Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 1997
T. Rex is two books masquerading as one. On the surface it is about Walter Alvarez' theory of meteor impact and how he believes that it is the cause of the mass extinction at the... Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 1997