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Forces of Change: A New View of Nature
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0792275969, Paperback)"Forces of Change" takes readers on an unforgettable tour of truly global proportions. In this single volume, more than 20 of the world's most innovative and visionary scientists, writers, and scholars -- including Stephen Jay Gould, John McPhee, Lynn Margulis, Daniel Botkin, and David Quammen -- illuminate the forces that define and continue to profoundly transform our planet and all of its inhabitants. Taken together, these essays represent a dramatic range of new views and understandings about nature that have emerged over the last century. Developed by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society, "Forces of Change" brings together for the first time the matchless resources of two world-renowned institutions in order to present a bold new vision of the world, which stresses the diversity, interrelatedness, and interdependence of all natural phenomena. In this vision the Earth can be viewed as a grand network of life-supporting forces operating within a single dynamic system.
Powerfully punctuated by epic photographs, eloquent illustrations, and a wonderfully dynamic design, "Forces of Change" is at once highly accessible and deeply thought-provoking. Full of sidebars that lucidly unpack the latest field research, the essays take readers around the world -- from the peaks of the Himalaya to the mysterious depths of the sea, and from the Ladakh cultures of northern India to the A'ani and Assiniboine tribes of Montana.
Published in conjunction with a new permanent exhibit program at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, "Forces of Change" is a timely and vitally important consideration of science and fate at the dawn of the 21st century.
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Sponsored jointly by the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution, two of America's most eminent scientific and historical organizations, Forces of Change offers a sweeping vision of our Earth as we enter a new millennium. Stephen Jay Gould, Lynn Margulis, David Quammen, Daniel Botkin, and John McPhee, along with more than a dozen other visionary scientists, scholars, and writers, offer their thought-provoking perspectives on life on Earth in the 21st century and the revolutions in Western thought that have transformed our views of nature and the human place within it. Approaching the planet as a dynamic system, where interrelated forces affect people and environments on a global scale in ever changing and unpredictable ways, contributors explore different facets of Earth's interdependent systems and what the future may hold. Each essay will captivate readers with its engaging visual display and superb design, and the book's highlights include more than 150 dramatic and colorful photographs, informative illustrations, and fascinating sidebars. Forces of Change is a unique collection of our era's premier scientific thinkers and writers that is sure to become the classic introduction to the late 20th century's most authoritative ideas about the fate of life on Earth as we begin our journey into the 21st century.
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