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A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us Hardcover – 14 Oct 1998

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (14 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471317004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471317005
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.9 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every step you take in A Walk Through Time moves you millions of years forward in Earth's history. Inspired by the idea of a one-mile stroll through the evolution of life, Sidney Liebes recruited some terrific writers and artists to create a travelling museum exhibit; A Walk Through Time summarises the experience in book form, with the help of fascinating photos and intelligent, enjoyable text. The most profound realisation along this temporal journey is just how small a part human history plays in the big time line. In the museum exhibit, where one foot equals one million years, human presence takes up all of one-thousandth of an inch; in the book's time line, we merit barely a speck. Our tiniest living fellows--the bacteria and blue-green algae, the amazing arthropods, the merging microbes--are the real stars of the show. Readers are treated to intriguing views of bizarre organisms like tardigrades, velvet worms, and lichens ("Taking everything we know about algae and fungi, we still never would have predicted the outcome of their synergy"), along with the microbes that once ruled the earth. Only at the very end of the line, long after the development of sexual reproduction, after the great Cretaceous extinction, after the development of flight and fur, will you find humans. Taking this walk is a great lesson in perspective, a cautionary tale about hubris and longevity that every human should read. --Therese Littleton, Amazon.com

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Advance praise for _A Walk Through Time_:
"A valuable new way to conceive of the immensity of geologic time and of organic evolution that has occurred within it and life on Earth. It has broad appeal to the public and will be a useful guide for educators as well." --E. O. Wilson

"My _Walk Through Time_ was an unforgettable experience, awe inspiring and humbling... rich in scientific fact and, unexpectedly, exquisite humor." --Jane Goodall

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