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Ice Age Hardcover – 6 Dec 2001

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (6 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713996129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713996128
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.6 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Synopsis

On 24 June 1837, Louis Agassiz stunned the learned members of the Swiss Society of Natural Sciences by addressing them, in his role as President, not with an anticipated lecture on fossil fishes, but with a passionate presentation on the existence of Ice Ages. No one was convinced. He even dragged the reluctant members of the Society up into the mountains to see the evidence for themselves, pointing out the scars on the hard rocks left by glaciation (which some of those present tried to explain away as having been produced by the wheels of passing carriages). Extraordinarily, it would take a further 140 years before the Ice Age theory was fully proved and understood. John and Mary Gribbin tell the remarkable story of how we came to understand the phenomenon of Ice Ages, focusing on the key personalities obsessed with the search for answers. How frequently do Ice Ages occur? How do astronomical rhythms affect the Earth's climate? Have there always been two polar ice caps? Is it true that tiny changes in the heat balance of the Earth could plunge us back into full Ice Age conditions?

About the Author

John Gribbin is the acclaimed author of many popular science books in Penguin, including The Little Book of Science (1999) and The First Chimpanzee (2001). He is passionately interested in climate change.
Mary Gribbin is best known as a writer of science books for young readers. Together the Gribbins have written several science books, including Richard Feynman: A Life in Science (Penguin, 1998).



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