When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?
As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. The human story is the story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents.
How are the Himalayas linked to the orbit of the Earth, and to the formation of the British Isles? By taking us billions of years into our planet’s past, Professor Lewis Dartnell tells us the ultimate origin story. When we reach the point where history becomes science we see a vast web of connections that underwrites our modern world and helps us face the challenges of the future.
From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, Origins reveals the Earth’s awesome impact on the shape of human
ORIGINS is out with Penguin Random House in the UK in January 2019 [Amazon link], and in the US in March 2019 [Amazon link].
Maybe an asteroid hit Earth. Perhaps a nuclear war reduced our cities to radioactive rubble. Or avian flu killed most of the population. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended and now the survivors must start again. But how do we set about rebuilding our world from scratch?
Once you’ve salvaged what you can from the debris, how do you grow food and make clothes? How do you generate energy and develop medicines? And once you’ve mastered the essentials, how do you smelt metals, make gunpowder, or build a primitive radio set?
The Knowledge is a guidebook for survivors. We have become disconnected not only from the beautiful fundamentals of science and technology but even from the basic skills and knowledge on which our lives and our world depend.
The Knowledge is a journey of discovery, a book which explains everything you need to know about everything. Here is the blueprint for rebooting civilisation.
It will transform your understanding of the world – and help you prepare for when it’s no longer here.
The Knowledge is a New York Times and Sunday Times best-seller, and the Sunday Times ‘New Thinking’ Book of the Year.
Out now in paperback at all good book stores and online.
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes&Noble
The Knowledge is also available in Translations in a number of in different languages. Listen to a three minute audio description of the book here
Main book website
I have published four books:
I’ve also contributed sections or chapters to several other books:
- 100 Ideas that Changed the World, Jheni Osman (BBC Books, 2011)
- Big Questions in Science, Mun Keat Looi, Hayley Birch and Colin Stuart (Andre Deutsch Ltd, 2013)
- Aliens: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life, ed. Jim Al-Khalili (Profile Books, 2016)
- What’s Next?: Even Scientists Can’t Predict the Future – or Can They?, ed. Jim Al-Khalili (Profile Books, 2017)
- Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today, ed. Capova, Persson, Milligan, Dunér (Springer, 2018)
- Research Advances in Astronomy, ed. Nadine Mehler (Nova, 2018)
Alongside my academic research, I am a prolific science writer. I have won prizes from the The Daily Telegraph, Oxford University Press, NewScientist and Times Higher Education for my science writing, and I regularly contribute articles to a range of newspapers and magazines. For a full listing of my published articles look here.
I have also published two popular science books and one illustrated children’s book. You can explore these here.
This title contains everything you need to know for an out-of-this-world travel experience. “My Tourist Guide to the Solar System” brings you amazing digital artwork with fun facts to present space as you’ve never seen it before. Take a day trip to the planets and hike along the Mariner Valley on Mars and grab yourself a souvenir icy pebble from a flight through Saturn’s rings. Amazing illustrations and digital artworks will take you on a spellbinding tour of the planets, moons, and asteroids. This goes beyond the realm of regular space books – it’s out of this world.
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Russian space scientists are currently locked in a race against time. The Fobos-Grunt space probe was launched successfully on Tuesday, but then failed to fire its own rocket engine to leave Earth orbit. The unmanned spacecraft is currently stranded just above our heads, and the rocket scientists have only a fortnight to successfully contact the stricken probe and fire its propulsion system before the batteries fail and it reenters the Earth’s atmosphere as an expensive shooting star.
Read full story on The Huffington Post website
The runners and riders hoping to claim a jackpot of £800 million from the European Space Agency
Did life on Earth have its origins in interstellar gas clouds.
Passing on after blasting off by asphyxiation, suffocation and spaghettification
How does a Mars Rover work?