The Emerald Planet (better late than never)

Back in 2007, when I was boring undergraduates at Montana State University, I read a brilliant book by David Beerling called The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth’s History.

I was recently reminded of this book by Nigel Chaffey’s “Plant Cuttings” article in the March 2012 issue of Annals of Botany.

(By the way, you can read Chaffey’s 2007 review of The Emerald Planet in Annals of Botany here.)

What is this remarkable book about?

I’ll leave it to none other than Oliver Sacks to briefly describe his favorite non-fiction book of 2007:

My favourite non-fiction book this year has been David Beerling’s The Emerald Planet (Oxford), a minutely argued but highly readable history of the last half-billion years on earth. The story Beerling tells could not have been put together even 10 years ago, for it depends on the latest insights from palaeontology, climate science, genetics, molecular biology and chemistry, all brilliantly and beautifully integrated.” (from: The Observer’s The Best Books of 2007)

For what it’s worth (and better late than never), I also highly recommend this book.

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