Journey to Civilization The Science of how we got here
by Roger P Briggs
- March 1st 2013
- by Collins Foundation Press
This is great time for this book to be printed… with the remake of Cosmos and the re look at historical triumphs in science, the growth of theory and practice a look at the facts and figures behind the sensation. The popularity of science on you tube, in Asap science, Vsause. or Face books I f@#$% love science show the interest of the population in science has blossomed in the need to learn more.
Looking at the first day and the formation of the galaxy universe and all things. I love the reference to time being three days although all human history is in the last seconds similar to cosmos’s year of creation where its the last 14 seconds for all of humanity or history. I think the three days make it an easier concept to look at.
Looking at the theories and ideas of the formation of life in day 3, how progress from aminoacids and dna, rna development create problems with finding definitive evidence of how life progressed.
the aspect of looking into the development of life from the beginning if bacteria, flora and fauna, going into the branches of the tree of life is spectacularly explained.
The book begins the explanation of tree of life with a warning that from that point on the book will become controversial that the ideas will conflict with how man first believed they were created by a supreme being. I think the author did an outstanding job of acknowledging the controversy in simple and polite terms.
The authors quick review of paleo-anthropology was awesome. I loved the contributions of personal history and the descriptions of the finds, although its a brief part of the whole story his wording and technique make it to become the most remarkable part of the book.
The controversy discussed back and forth between climate change and extinction is handled superbly explaining the problem and current findings that have changed and solidified theory.
The wikimedia sources are great illustrations, the enhance the learning of the reader, and allow representations to show the difference in predictive nature of the illustrations.
My only criticism comes in part to not using the technology to make links define terms allowing for a younger reading audience, i would love to recommend this book to teachers for further supplements for their science classrooms, if the text had more descriptive terminology it could easily be used in the classroom.
I am astonished by the currency of the information it the book, research findings are supported and elaborated with current evidence and theory.
the text looking at migration of people through out the land mass, the author does a great job showing the controversy and the convulsions of how many theories have not been proven.