WARNING: We at Bumbastories are well aware that these little talks about science are not for the weak of heart.
The following is presented as a public service in the conviction that society (that’s all of us) would be a whole lot better off if people (that’s us, again) had a fuller understanding of science and math. For example, they would be better able to read graphs and process statistics, better able to understand something of virology and epidemiology (kind of relevant these days), and better able to follow an argument and discern truth from lies. Additionally, they would gain a wider perspective of the physical world and thus a fuller perspective on their own lives.
OK, OK. I’ve been reading geology books of late.
I got interested in geology and paleontology several years ago. The two sciences just go together kinda like peas and carrots, ham and eggs, or baseball and Ballantine. Geology is unusual in that its grand, underlying principle, plate tectonics, has only recently been established. Indeed, it’s only in the last fifty years that geologists have been able to get a good handle on the processes that shape (and continue to shape) our planet. Earth’s timeline has been stretched back to 4.6 billions years. Yikes! Together with the new data (three cheers for NASA) on our neighboring planets, as well as what we now know about the evolution of stars and galaxies, our place in the universe as a living planet can be fully appreciated. Personally, I am continually amazed how today’s scientists are now able to provide such an astonishingly detailed accounting of all of this planet’s – indeed all of life’s – history and evolution.
It’s been quite a story – at least so far.
Here are some good books to read: