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What made the experience of listening to The Origin and Evolution of Earth the most enjoyable?
This course encompasses cosmology, geology, evolution all through the eyes of a mineralogist. Professor Hazen's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious although the non specialist (me) can get lost in some of the detailed reasoning behind various theories described and struggle with lists of elements and minerals the author details. When I have another spare 24 hours I intend to listen to this book again.
What does Professor Robert M. Hazen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His breathless and excitable presentation!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The lectures are full of interesting facts and concepts. Lecturer is enthusiastic and very easy to listen to. The lectures follow on nicely from each other and have been put together very well. Would highly recommend.
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Where does The Origin and Evolution of Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
By far the best. As a professional geologist I was amazed at how accessible he made some of the more difficult concepts of geology. He also demonstrated very clearly the two-way relationship that the geosphere and biosphere have with each other. Make no mistake, this is a long book, but definitely worth it.
Any additional comments?
From this single lecture series, you will have a very strong fundamental understanding of the physics of the early universe, stellar formation, the formation and evolution of the Earth's geology and geologic processes, and a good foundation of biological evolution. I read a lot of popular science magazines and books and there is not a single location where an educated layman could possible leave with so many concepts wound neatly together from various disciplines. It is masterful.
28 of 29 people found this review helpful
I was amazed to learn how sophisticated research tools have become so effective in uncovering the origins of our universe. As a physician I take for granted how our research tools are used in the study of life sciences--but never fully appreciated the close link between earth science and biology. Professor Hazan is a fabulous lecturer. His passion and enthusiasm is matched by his knowledge and creativity. Highly recommended.
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