The Earth After Us

What legacy will humans leave in the rocks?
Author: Jan Zalasiewicz
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191622672
Category: Science
Page: 266
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What would alien visitors in the far future, piecing together the history of earth, find of our brief reign? What clues will we leave? What fossils? Just as we have gained knowledge of the past, of ancient climates and the activities of creatures long dead, so too might they decode the rocks. The Earth After Us takes a novel approach to show how geologists unravel the information in the rocks. As the alien scientists start investigating the strata, what story will they tell of us? What kind of fossils will humans leave behind? What will happen to cities, cars, and plastic cups? How thick a layer will the 'human stratum' be? And will it be obvious which species dominated the planet?

Provisional Cities

Cautionary Tales for the Anthropocene
Author: Renata Tyszczuk
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317074041
Category: Architecture
Page: 304
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This book considers the provisional nature of cities in relation to the Anthropocene – the proposed geological epoch of human-induced changes to the Earth system. It charts an environmental history of curfews, admonitions and alarms about dwelling on Earth. ‘Provisional cities’ are explored as exemplary sites for thinking about living in this unsettled time. Each chapter focuses on cities, settlements or proxy urbanisations, including past disaster zones, remote outposts in the present and future urban fossils. The book explores the dynamic, changing and contradictory relationship between architecture and the global environmental crisis and looks at how to re-position architectural and urban practice in relation to wider intellectual, environmental, political and cultural shifts. The book argues that these rounder and richer accounts can better equip humanity to think through questions of vulnerability, responsibility and opportunity that are presented by immense processes of planetary change. These are cautionary tales for the Anthropocene. Central to this project is the proposition that living with uncertainty requires that architecture is reframed as a provisional practice. This book would be beneficial to students and academics working in architecture, geography, planning and environmental humanities as well as professionals working to shape the future of cities.

Die katastrophische Feerie

Geschichte, Geologie und Spektakel in der modernen französischen Literatur
Author: Jörg Dünne
Publisher: Konstanz University Press
ISBN: 3835397184
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 314
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Vulkanausbrüche und Erdbeben auf dem Pariser Montmartre? Jörg Dünne zeigt, wie die französische Literatur spektakuläre Szenen aus der Erdgeschichte in die Moderne projiziert. Sein Buch verdankt sich der Begegnung zwischen populärer Theatertradition und geologischen Spekulationen zur Erdentstehung in der französischen Literatur der Moderne, die nur auf den ersten Blick zufällig erscheint. Die Feerie, eine im Paris der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts ungeheuer beliebte Theatergattung, trifft dabei auf die Katastrophentheorie des Naturwissenschaftlers Georges Cuvier und ihre populärwissenschaftlichen Darstellungen in spektakulären Szenen aus der Tiefenzeit der Erde. Jörg Dünne zeigt, dass das Aufeinandertreffen von Feerie und Katastrophe mehr ist als nur ein Kuriosum der Literatur- und Wissensgeschichte: Dies liegt vor allem an einer Reihe bekannter Autoren des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, von Jules Verne über Gustave Flaubert bis hin zu Louis-Ferdinand Céline, die allesamt nicht nur Liebhaber und Autoren von Feerien waren, sondern auch in ihren Romanen je unterschiedliche Verbindungen zwischen spektakulären Tableaus und erdgeschichtlichen Katastrophen herstellen. Am Beispiel kulturtheoretischer Schriften von Walter Benjamin bis zu Michel Foucault und Gilles Deleuze wird darüber hinaus deutlich, dass der spektakuläre Katastrophismus nicht nur die literarische Imagination bis weit ins 20. Jahrhundert hinein geprägt hat, sondern in bislang unerkannter Weise auch allgemeine Modelle des Denkens von Historizität. Ergänzt wird das Buch um zahlreiche, größtenteils erstmals in deutscher Sprache präsentierte Dokumente aus Theaterfeerien und populärwissenschaftlichen Katastrophenszenarien, die eine alternative wissens- und imaginationsgeschichtliche Genealogie dessen vor Augen führen, was man üblicherweise die ästhetische und epistemologische Moderne nennt.

On an Ungrounded Earth

Towards a New Geophilosophy
Author: Ben Woodard
Publisher: punctum books
ISBN: 0615785387
Category: Earth (Planet)
Page: 118
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For too long, the Earth has been used to ground thought instead of bending it; such grounding leaves the planet as nothing but a stage for phenomenology, deconstruction, and other forms of anthropocentric philosophy. In far too much continental philosophy, the Earth is a cold dead place enlivened only by human thought-either as a thing to be exploited, or as an object of nostalgia. Geophilosophy seeks instead to question the ground of thinking itself, the relation of the inorganic to the capacities and limits of thought. This book constructs an eclectic variant of geophilosophy through engagements with digging machines, cyclones and volcanoes, secret vessels, nuclear waste, giant worms, decay, hell, demon souls, subterranean cities, black suns, and xenoarcheaology, via continental theory (Nietzsche, Schelling, Deleuze, et alia) and various cultural objects such as horror films, videogames, and weird Lovecraftian fictions, with special attention to Speculative Realism and the work of Reza Negarestani. In a time where the earth as a whole is threatened by ecological collapse, On an Ungrounded Earth generates a perversely realist account of the earth as a dynamic engine materially invading and upsetting our attempts to reduce it to the ground beneath our feet.

The Next Species

The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man
Author: Michael Tennesen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451677537
Category: Science
Page: 336
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“Simultaneously sobering and exhilarating, Michael Tennesen’s wide-ranging survey of disasters highlights both life’s fragility and its metamorphosing persistence” (Booklist) and describes what life on earth could look like after the next mass extinction. A growing number of scientists agree we are headed toward a mass extinction, perhaps in as little as 300 years. Already there have been five mass extinctions in the last 600 million years, including the Cretaceous Extinction, during which an asteroid knocked out the dinosaurs. Though these events were initially destructive, they were also prime movers of evolutionary change in nature. And we can see some of the warning signs of another extinction event coming, as our oceans lose both fish and oxygen, and our lands lose both predators and prey. In The Next Species, Michael Tennesen questions what life might be like after it happens. In thoughtful, provocative ways, Tennesen discusses the future of nature and whether humans will make it through the bottleneck of extinction. Could life suddenly get very big as it did before the arrival of humans? Could the conquest of Mars lead to another form of human? Could we upload our minds into a computer and live in a virtual reality? How would we recognize the next humans? Are they with us now? Tennesen delves into the history of the planet and travels to rainforests, canyons, craters, and caves all over the world to explore the potential winners and losers of the next era of evolution. His predictions, based on reports and interviews with top scientists, have vital implications for life on earth today. The Next Species is “an engrossing history of life, the dismal changes wrought by man, and a forecast of life after the sixth mass extinction” (Kirkus Reviews).

The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History
Author: Elizabeth Kolbert
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408851237
Category: Nature
Page: 336
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Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Elizabeth Kolbert combines brilliant field reporting, the history of ideas and the work of geologists, botanists and marine biologists to tell the gripping stories of a dozen species – including the Panamanian golden frog and the Sumatran rhino – some already gone, others at the point of vanishing. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy and Elizabeth Kolbert's book urgently compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World


Author: Paul Graves-Brown,Rodney Harrison,Angela Piccini
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191663956
Category: Social Science
Page: 864
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It has been clear for many years that the ways in which archaeology is practised have been a direct product of a particular set of social, cultural, and historical circumstances - archaeology is always carried out in the present. More recently, however, many have begun to consider how archaeological techniques might be used to reflect more directly on the contemporary world itself: how we might undertake archaeologies of, as well as in the present. This Handbook is the first comprehensive survey of an exciting and rapidly expanding sub-field and provides an authoritative overview of the newly emerging focus on the archaeology of the present and recent past. In addition to detailed archaeological case studies, it includes essays by scholars working on the relationships of different disciplines to the archaeology of the contemporary world, including anthropology, psychology, philosophy, historical geography, science and technology studies, communications and media, ethnoarchaeology, forensic archaeology, sociology, film, performance, and contemporary art. This volume seeks to explore the boundaries of an emerging sub-discipline, to develop a tool-kit of concepts and methods which are applicable to this new field, and to suggest important future trajectories for research. It makes a significant intervention by drawing together scholars working on a broad range of themes, approaches, methods, and case studies from diverse contexts in different parts of the world, which have not previously been considered collectively.

The Knowledge

How to Rebuild our World from Scratch
Author: Lewis Dartnell
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448137381
Category: Science
Page: 352
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If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, how would you survive? A nuclear war, viral pandemic or asteroid strike. The world as we know it has ended. You and the other survivors must start again. What knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another Dark Ages, or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment? Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes and key fundamentals of science that sustain our lives. Ingenious and groundbreaking, The Knowledge explains everything you need to know about everything, revolutionising your understanding of the world. ‘A glorious compendium of the knowledge we have lost in the living...the most inspiring book I’ve read in a long time’ Independent ‘A terrifically engrossing history of science and technology’ Guardian http://the-knowledge.org/

The Planet in a Pebble

A Journey Into Earth's Deep History
Author: Jan Zalasiewicz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199645698
Category: Science
Page: 256
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In this narrative of the Earth's long and dramatic history, Jan Zalasiewicz shows how many events in the Earth's ancient past can be deciphered from a single pebble. He explores how geologists reach deep into the past by forensic analysis of even the tiniest amounts of mineral matter, demonstrating and revealing Earth's extraordinary story.

The British National Bibliography


Author: Arthur James Wells
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English literature
Page: N.A
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Scientific American


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: N.A
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Monthly magazine devoted to topics of general scientific interest.

Der Mond ist eine herbe Geliebte

Science-fiction-Roman
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783404241910
Category: Imaginary wars and battles
Page: 360
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Books in Print 2009-2010


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780835250214
Category: Publishers' catalogs
Page: N.A
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The Illustrated London News


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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Annies Schatulle

Charles Darwin, seine Tochter und die menschliche Evolution
Author: Randal Keynes
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783870244996
Category:
Page: 399
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Waldie's Select Circulating Library


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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Dictionarium Britannicum, Or, A More Compleat Universal Etymological English Dictionary Than Any Extant

Containing Not Only the Words, and Their Explication, But Their Etymologies ... Also Explaining Hard and Technical Words ... Illustrated with Near Five Hundred Cuts ... Likewise a Collection and Explanation of Words and Phrases Us'd in Our Antient Charters, Statutes, Writs ... Also the ... Mythology of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, &c. ... to which is Added a Collection of Proper Names of Persons and Places in Great-Britain ...
Author: Nathan Bailey
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English language
Page: 818
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Zerrissene Erde

Roman
Author: N. K. Jemisin
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426450305
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
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Die spektakuläre Fantasy-Endzeit-Saga von New-York-Times-Bestseller-Autorin N.K. Jemisin - von einer riesigen Fangemeinde geliebt und ausgezeichnet mit dem HUGO Award Inmitten einer sterbenden Welt hat die verzweifelte Essun nur ein Ziel: ihre Tochter aus den Händen eines Mörders zu befreien, den sie nur zu gut kennt. Seit sich im Herzen des Landes Sansia ein gewaltiger Riss voll brodelnder Lava aufgetan hat, dessen Asche den Himmel verdüstert, scheinen immer mehr Menschen dem Wahnsinn zu verfallen. So lässt der Herrscher seine eigenen Bürger ermorden. Doch nicht Soldaten haben Essuns kleinen Sohn erschlagen und ihre Tochter entführt – sondern ihr eigener Ehemann! Essun folgt den beiden durch ein Land, das zur Todesfalle geworden ist. Und der Krieg ums nackte Überleben steht erst noch bevor. »Der elegante Stil und der düster-realistische Weltenentwurf geben die perfekte Kulisse ab für den fesselnden Kampf vom Schicksal gezeichneter Charaktere um eine zum Untergang verdammte Welt.« Publishers Weekly

Der Sturm (illustriert)


Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: FV Éditions
ISBN: 2366687915
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 100
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Der Sturm (The Tempest) ist eine tragikomische Geschichte von William Shakespeare.

Die Verdammten dieser Erde


Author: Frantz Fanon,Jean-Paul Sartre
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783518371688
Category: Afrika - Entkolonialisierung
Page: 266
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