How to build a habitable planet
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“World-renowned experts Charles Langmuir and Wally Broecker provide inhabitants of the only habitable earth we know with the basic knowledge of how we got here and where we could be headed in this thorough and engaging tour of environmental science.” —Penn State University professor Richard Alley
“This informative and approachable book is a timely reminder of how important it is to consider the habitability of our own planet, as NASA continues to evaluate the habitability of our planetary neighbor, Mars. It exposes how theories, incomplete understanding, and controversies propel scientific knowledge forward in a comprehensive and up-to-date way.” —Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Roger Everett Summons
“This is a magnificent novel, a successful and well-deserved revision of the first edition’s iconic and coveted status. More than a slight dusting off of the material is included in the new version. There are some brand-new chapters, and the writers have done an excellent job of incorporating newer findings. This book is more timely than ever, and I can’t wait to read the new edition.” University of Chicago’s Raymond T. Pierrehumbert
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How to Create a Habitable World has gained a reputation as an open yet scientifically rigorous introduction to the origin and evolution of Earth, from the Big Bang to the emergence of human society, since its first publication by Wally Broecker more than twenty-five years ago. By way of a fascinating story, this classic account of how our habitable world was assembled from the stuff of stars introduced readers to planetary science, Earth science, and climate science. The first edition omitted any mention of living processes, and it was published before the discovery of dark energy and dark matter, as well as hydrothermal vents at ocean ridges and a complete understanding of the significance of climate change. Harvard geochemist Charles Langmuir collaborated closely with original author Wally Broecker, one of the world’s leading Earth scientists, to update and extend the book for a new generation of readers who see active planetary stewardship as a requirement.
This comprehensive account weaves together physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, and biology to tell the entire story of Earth, from the synthesis of chemical elements in stars to the development of the Solar System, the evolution of a habitable atmosphere on Earth, and the origin of life and humanity. The book also discusses whether Earth will stay habitable as our effect on global warming increases, as well as the quest for other habitable worlds in the Milky Way. It ends by contemplating how humanity will help to preserve Earth’s habitability and potentially even engage in potential planetary evolution.
How to build a habitable planet: the story of earth from big
There are billions of planets in our world alone, and an infinite number in the universe, but ours is the only one where life has been discovered so far. What is the reason for this? What is it about the Earth that makes it so conducive to life?
How to Build a Habitable Planet provides an outline of the Earth’s origin, creation, and evolution. The various theories concerning aspects of our solar system, including the formation of our moon and the source of energy for the melting of the Earth’s interior, are perfectly summarized in this book. This book not only tells the story of the world, but it also discusses why the Earth is so ideal for life. It delves into the many interconnected forces that come together to create the ideal atmosphere and temperature for us to live.
Although the book presents facts in an easy-to-understand manner, several chapters dig into chemical compositions and complex scientific theories, applying well-known concepts on a broad, unknown scale. How to Create a Habitable World, chapter by chapter, gives the reader a detailed understanding of the Earth and its characteristics. If you have unique areas of interest, you can quickly dip in and out without having to read or learn something beforehand. Despite its formal tone, this is an intriguing read that I would suggest to everyone, regardless of their area of interest or prior knowledge. While it does not encompass all aspects of the degree program, the overall knowledge and appreciation of the Earth and its systems that it offers is priceless.
Building a habitable planet
Harvard University’s Higgins Professor of Geochemistry is Charles H. Langmuir. Wally Broecker is the Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and the author of a number of books, including Fixing Climate and The Great Ocean Conveyor (both Princeton). Both are National Academy of Sciences members.
This is a “must read” for those of us who live on this beautiful world. It is incredibly well written, and it tells the whole story of our “Habitable World” from the Big Bang to the current effects of humanity on the fragile balance of forces set in motion 13+ billion years ago in a way that anyone who “takes on” a careful reading of this book will comprehend. Yes, there is plenty of “science and math” to please even the most ardent scholar, but it is also written for those of us who can’t follow an equation or a chemical formula; the explanations in “plain English” are sufficient to enable anyone to follow the lines of thinking. Following a careful reading of this book, I believe it is a “must read” for everyone and all who take any responsibility for our existence as human beings and the real implications of our acts, both as individuals and as a race of intelligent Beings who really need to wake up to see the results of our actions, and see the real option in front of us to participate in these forces of Creation that are so obvious. Take a look at it!