The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us (Paperback)

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Diane Ackerman presents a mostly optimistic view of our planet as it has been occupied, shaped, and tampered with by man on his evolutional way leading to what scientist call today, The Age of Man. Written in an upbeat tone that breezes you through its interesting data and stories of how we are impacting our world, Diane also presents ideas from many corners of study on how we can be better stewards to the planet, benefiting it and us.

— Ron, Los Angeles


With her celebrated blend of scientific insight, clarity, and curiosity, Diane Ackerman explores our human capacity both for destruction and for invention as we shape the future of the planet Earth. Ackerman takes us to the mind-expanding frontiers of science, exploring the fact that the "natural" and the "human" now inescapably depend on one another, drawing from "fields as diverse as evolutionary robotics...nanotechnology, 3-D printing and biomimicry" (New York Times Book Review), with probing intelligence, a clear eye, and an ever-hopeful heart.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393351644
ISBN-10: 0393351645
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 14th, 2015
Pages: 352
Language: English