Object Lessons: Earth

$21.00 

This product is currently sold out.

OBJECT LESSONS: EARTH
by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Linda T. Elkins-Tanton
published by Bloomsbury

*

In Earth, a planetary scientist and a literary humanist explore what happens when we think of the Earth as an object viewable from space. As a “blue marble,” “a blue pale dot,” or, as Chaucer described it, “this litel spot of erthe,” the solitary orb is a challenge to scale and to human self-importance. Beautiful and self-contained, the Earth turns out to be far less knowable than it at first appears: its vast interior an inferno of incandescent and yet solid rock and a reservoir of water vaster than the ocean, a world within the world. Viewing the Earth from space invites a dive into the abyss of scale: how can humans apprehend the distances, the temperatures, and the time scale on which planets are born, evolve, and die?

- paperback: 144 pages
- product dimensions: 121 x 165 mm
- ISBN: 9781501317910