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Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World

by Marcia Bjornerud Princeton University Press
Pub Date:
02/2020
ISBN:
9780691202631
Format:
Pbk 224 pages
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Few of us have any conception of the enormous timescales of our planet’s long history, and this narrow perspective underlies many of the environmental problems we are creating. The lifespan of Earth can seem unfathomable compared to the brevity of human existence, but this view of time denies our deep roots in Earth’s history - and the magnitude of our effects on the planet. Timefulness reveals how knowing the rhythms of Earth’s deep past and conceiving of time as a geologist does can give us the perspective we need for a more sustainable future. Featuring illustrations by Haley Hagerman, this compelling book offers a new way of thinking about our place in time, showing how our everyday lives are shaped by processes that vastly predate us, and how our actions today will in turn have consequences that will outlast us by generations.
“A profound meditation on the richness, depth and entanglements
of geologic time.” - Wall Street Journal
“Timefulness is a delightful and interesting read. . . . Made me feel
as though I was having a glass of wine with a friend who was explaining
geologic history while sketching on a napkin.”
- David R. Wunsch, Science
“In this trenchant study, Bjornerud calls for a new geological literacy
to instill deeper knowledge of planetary rhythms and processes.”
- Barbara Kiser, Nature
“A manifesto for humanity - but on a very long timescale.”
- Mick O’Hare, New Scientist
Marcia Bjornerud is professor of geology and environmental studies at Lawrence University. She is the author of Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth and a contributing writer for Elements, the New Yorker’s science and technology blog.