Resilient Earth eBook In Color, New Low Price
The Resilient Earth Press is proud to announce Doug L. Hoffman and Allen Simmons' seminal work, The Resilient Earth, is now available in a re-formatted version for the Kindle ebook reader. As relevant today as when it was first published in 2008, this new version contains the entirety of the text from the original paperback edition, reformatted to more effectively display on Amazon's new line of color Fire HD readers. The price has also been reduced to $7.99, a savings of 60% over the the hard copy list price. More than just a book about global warming, it is a tribute to nature and the scientists who study the Universe we live in. If you do not own a copy of this classic, now is the time to buy REP's all time best seller.
The original print version of The Resilient Earth was published in 2008 and was an immediate success. A book about the science behind climate change that is different from most in the market—this book focuses on the wide range of background knowledge needed to evaluate the claims of global warming proponents. Covering topics ranging from the history of Earth, evolution, moving continents, ice ages, atmospheric gasses and the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle and many more, it is a book as timely now as it was five years ago. Real science never goes out of style.
In this updated version many formatting problems in the previous ebook edition have been corrected. Most tables have been turned into images so they are no longer mangled; footnotes, which previously were crammed into the text haphazardly, have been moved to the references section; a usable table of contents is present at the end of the book; and, most noticeable, many of the illustrations are now in color, a feature that the print version does not have.
This is not just a book about science and the current global warming hysteria, it is a book about the amazing planet we live on and the tenacious life that inhabits it. You will find interesting facts and historical tidbits such as:
- Did you know that there is a submarine canyon as large as the Grand Canyon just off the coast of New York City?
- Did you know that there is a species of extinct mammoth named after an American president and why?
- Do you know the story behind the death of Ötzi the ice man?
- Did you know that more than a billion years before the "atomic age" there was a natural nuclear reactor running in Africa?
- Did you know that there is a society, VHEMT, that wants humanity to stop having children and die out?
- Did you know that for most of the time that complex life has been present on Earth there have been no polar icecaps?
Written in an accessible style with interesting stories and anecdotes, this is not a boring text book. Find out how life almost ended on Earth before it began, thrill to the mystery of the Ice Man's last moments, learn of the struggles of scientists trying to over come the ignorance and resistance to change of their fellow scientists. One reviewer called the book's ending “almost poetic.” This is a factual book that is also entertaining, a book you can read over many times and still discover new things.
All this and more awaits you in The Resillient Earth. With climate change once again becoming a hot topic in the news, this is the perfect book to help you understand the complex science behind the headlines. The knowledge it contains will help the non-scientist winnow fact from fiction, truth from exaggeration.
Here is the table of contents listing the titles of the various chapters:
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Global Warming-The Crisis Defined
Chapter 3 We are in an Ice Age?
Chapter 4 Unprecedented Climate Change?
Chapter 5 Ice Ages
Chapter 6 Ancient Extinctions
Chapter 7 Changing Atmospheric Gases
Chapter 8 Moving Continents & Ocean Currents
Chapter 9 Variations In Earth's Orbit
Chapter 10 Varying Solar Radiation
Chapter 11 Cosmic Rays
Chapter 12 How Science Works
Chapter 13 Experimental Data and Error
Chapter 14 The Limits of Climate Science
Chapter 15 Prophets of Doom
Chapter 16 The Worst That Could Happen
Chapter 17 Mitigation Strategies
Chapter 18 A Plan for the Future
Chapter 19 The Fate of Planet Earth
Read the book that online reviewers have called “a primer for everybody interested in the climate debate” and “a "must read" for every thinking person.” Others characterize it as providing “a wealth of information” with “writing above average.” Here is a sample from The Resilient Earth. Chapter 2 Global Warming-The Crisis Defined, the section titled “Science Obscured”:
The debate over global warming and its possible human causes has become the defining scientific controversy of our time. Opinions vary regarding the severity of the problem among both scientists and lay people, though there are some who claim the threat is so immense and so immediate that all doubters should be silenced. The arguments presented to the public are mostly simplistic and cursory, usually accompanied by images of calving glaciers, melting icebergs and smokestacks belching clouds of pollution. The public debate has become vicious and nasty, filled with personal attacks and insults. As disturbing as this shift from reasoned scientific discourse to acrimony is, it is not the most troubling aspect of the global warming debate.
The most troubling aspect of the global warming controversy is what it reveals about the level of scientific understanding among the general populace. There is a growing disconnect between the scientific community and the general population. This is a consequence of the ever-widening knowledge gap between scientists and non-scientists. Even the separation between engineers and the public has grown to the point where the workings of everyday devices has become incomprehensible. For comparison, consider the state of technology fifty years ago. In the United States, during the late 1950s, the shift from the war time economy of the 1940s was complete—a new, consumer driven economy was in full bloom. Every American family worked to own a house, a new car, modern appliances and a television set. But the inner workings of all these shiny, modern marvels were still understood by the average consumer.
Most people performed simple maintenance on their own automobiles. Changing the motor's oil and filter, replacing the spark plugs, and rotating the tires were part of car ownership. Many owners tackled more complicated maintenance and repair work; rebuilding the brakes, changing a water pump, or cleaning a carburetor. Today, most people never open the hoods of their autos. If they do, they are greeted by a featureless engine cover that effectively prevents any owner maintenance more complicated than checking the fluid levels.
A new wonder of the modern age was the television set. In the 1950s, these were large pieces of furniture filled with wires and softly glowing vacuum tubes. Since tubes had a rather short life expectancy they were installed in sockets for easy replacement. When a TV set malfunctioned, a thrifty and enterprising TV owner could remove any suspicious looking tubes and take them to the local supermarket where there was a testing unit available. Any tubes that didn't pass the tester were replaced with new ones. Today, no one works on their own TV set when it breaks. More than likely, if it is out of warranty, the unit is discarded and a new one is bought.
Even a 1950s era telephone could be disassembled and its parts examined. There was a recognizable speaker and microphone in the handset, and simple circuitry in the body. Today, a modern cellphone contains a color display screen, a camera and an electronic memory for storing addresses, ring tones, and mp3s. It is no longer connected to the phone system by wires, and the consumer can talk, send images, text message and even browse the Internet. Opening up a cellphone would gain the owner nothing, other than a voided warranty.
The point is that all of these “high tech” devices—cars, televisions and telephones—were accessible and understandable by their owners. Most people could describe how an internal combustion engine, a telephone, or television set worked. Perhaps not all of the details, but the general principles involved. Can the same be said today? In an age of high tech miniaturization, tubes are replaced by integrated circuits and flat-screen displays, carburetors by electronic fuel injectors and engine management computers, and everyone owns a multi-function cellphone. We all use these devices, but do we understand how they work? Modern life is filled with increasingly sophisticated devices that are increasingly incomprehensible. Even scientists don't work on their own cars and hardly any engineers try to fix their own television sets. As Arthur C. Clarke said, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
If we are befuddled by everyday technology, imagine the confusion surrounding modern science. Five hundred years ago, Earth was still believed to be the unmoving center of the Universe. Two hundred years ago it was accepted that Earth circled the Sun, but the Sun was surely the center of all things. In short order, it was discovered that the Sun was just a star, and not a particularly remarkable one. Just an average star among the hundreds of billions in the Milky Way galaxy, which itself was one of billions of galaxies in the Universe. Also during this time, the Earth's estimated age changed from a few thousand years to a few million, and then to over four and a half billion years. And we now know that mankind has existed on Earth for such a short time that we can scarcely claim residency.
In chemistry, amazing new materials are now invented, not discovered. Advances are being made in organic synthesis, computationally aided molecular design, nanotechnology and space chemistry. In biology, scientists thought they had life figured out when they discovered DNA in the 1950s, and mapped the human genome at the end of the twentieth century. Now, they have discovered that RNA may play a role in biology as important as DNA. Hybrid plants and transgenic animals abound. Physics has moved from the certainty of Newton and Descartes to the warped space-time of Einstein and the quantum uncertainty of Heisenberg and Bohr. Instead of atoms, physicists talk about quarks, gluons, quantum gravity and string theory. Astronomers ponder black holes and quasars, the life and death of stars, and the ultimate fate of the Universe.
Most people struggle with science during their basic schooling and gladly abandon it to others upon graduating. For a while, this approach seemed to work: what did accountants, businessmen and lawyers need to know about science? But science has infiltrated every aspect of human existence. More and more, business means science and technology. As a result, judges and lawyers are faced with increasingly complex cases rooted in technology. Major criminal cases are decided by DNA evidence, and fingerprints seem so old-fashioned. Governments struggle to keep pace with scientific development, wrestling with the rights of frozen embryos, human cloning, genetically engineered crops, network neutrality and email spam. Science and technology cannot be avoided or ignored—our world is built on them.
This technological bewilderment is an indication of fundamental problems in modern education. Even in technologically advanced countries, the knowledge gap is growing, leaving average citizens adrift in a world that is becoming harder and harder to understand. Closing this knowledge gap was one of the main motivations for writing The Resilient Earth. Without knowledge, citizens cannot make intelligent decisions about technological problems; without knowledgeable citizens democracy cannot function. A case in point is the global warming debate.
Climate science is one of the most complicated fields of study in the history of science. Comparing Earth's climate to the workings of a star like the Sun is like comparing the workings of a formula one racer with a forest fire. A forest fire is large, dangerous and impressive but the processes involved are fairly simple and well understood. A race car engine is also based on fire, but it contains many individual parts, all interacting to turn expanding gas into linear motion and then rotational motion. Some of the rotational movement is transferred to the cam shafts, which translate that motion back to linear motion of the valves. The rest is passed through the transmission to the wheels to be translated into movement of the vehicle. A complicated and improbable machine where the relationships among the various parts are not straightforward or obvious.
Similarly, Earth's climate is made up of thousands of mechanisms and processes, all interacting in ways neither obvious nor fully understood. A modern internal combustion engine is highly refined—smooth, efficient and powerful. This is because engineers have been improving such engines for 120 years. Nature has been refining Earth's ecosystem for more than 4,000,000,000 years. It is not surprising that Earth's climate, which is intimately tied to and regulated by life, should be complicated in ways that escape current human understanding.
All disciplines from the natural sciences are involved in climate study, to the point where gaining a detailed overall understanding of climate is impossible. Most scientists lack a clear understanding of our imperfect knowledge of Earth's climate. Yet the public is asked to make decisions about climate policy based on televised shouting matches between pundits and politicians.
With 370 print pages, 161 illustrations and over 500 references, The Resilient Earth is your indispensable guide to the climate change debate. If you are tired of the hype about climate change, download a copy of The Resilient Earth today. As one of our reviewers wrote:
In the highly politicized discussions about climate change, many people will dismiss this book sight unseen as a book written by a bunch of cranks with some kind of hidden agenda. It is none of those things. It is a well written science book that happens to bring together mainstream and up-to-date science that happens to be relevant to the question of climate change and policy. In fact, overall, the book is fairly unpolitical and you can in good conscience still vote for your preferred political party after reading it. What the book will do is remove some of the hysteria and hyperbole surrounding the issue and give you a lot of the scientific background to actually try to understand what the science is actually all about.
We could not have said it better our selves.