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5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful "Life", 25 Mar. 1999
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This review is from: Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth (Hardcover)
Science is cold.
Precise.
Logical.
At least that's the image we get most of the time when we read about science. What's usually missing is a sense of the passion. The inner fire that drives scientists to devote their lives to studying tiny parts of a much larger picture. The pay isn't very good, job security is non-existent (unless you have tenure) and you're looking at a minimum of a decade of training before you start. You don't last in science unless you have the passion.
And passion is what drives Richard Fortey's book, Life. Ambitiously subtitled: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth, Fortey has produced that rarest of oddities ... a scientific page-turner.
The reason his book is so engaging is that it's so personal. The book starts on Spitsbergen Island, with Fortey at the start of his career as a scientist. Continually referring to elements from his own life and career, Fortey then starts us on the odyssey of life itself. From its mysterious creation to its evolution into recognizeable forms, Fortey presents a rich pageant of life's mystery and majesty. For the rest of my review, come to exn.ca/printedmatter
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