Journey to Civilization
Journey to Civilization
By: Roger P. Briggs
Journey to Civilization: The Science of How We Got Here reveals our human story of origins based on the evidence of science. It explores and explains the science itself, from the Big Bang to the evolution of life and the epic journey of humans out of Africa to cover the Earth.
Science has recently made profound new discoveries about our deep history, making it possible for the first time to construct a new kind of creation story. Spectacular advances in paleoanthropology, molecular genetics, and astrophysics have answered some of the most fundamental questions about our origins. A new field of study has now emerged that takes the search for our origins all the way back to the birth of the universe nearly 14 billion years ago, and weaves a fairly continuous account of an unfolding universe that gave rise to life on our planet and eventually humanity. Journey to Civilization: The Science of How We Got Here reveals this new story that is based on the evidence and skepticism of science. It explores and explains the science itself, from the physics of stars and the formation of rocky planets, to the evolution of life and the epic journey of humans out of Africa to cover the Earth. Journey to Civilization is written for the non-scientist in clear, straight-forward language, and is richly illustrated with diagrams, charts, and beautiful color graphics and photographs.
Roger P. Briggs
Roger Briggs is retired from a thirty-year career as an acclaimed high school physics teacher. He collaborated as an educational writer with scientists from the Space Environment Lab at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, Ball Aerospace Corporation, and other research centers to bring real science into classrooms. A nationally known rock climber, he also writes occasionally for the Alpinist and Climbing magazines. He was inspired to write Journey to Civilizationby of a life-long love of learning science and a passion for exploring the phenomenon of humanity. Roger lives with his wife MaryAnn in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado and has two grown sons.
Praise for Journey to Civilization
"I definitely received this beautiful book. In fact, I just came back from a road trip with my husband David, and we read aloud in the car parts of the book -- especially the part about the transition to an oxygen-filled atmosphere. The book is really beautifully done -- the various boxes, the layout, the careful ordering of how we have evolved." Fran Korten, Yes! magazine.
“Well written, stunningly gorgeous, and supremely informative.” Michael Dowd, Author of Thank God for Evolution
"A must read for those who wish to be informed about the science of.... us! This exciting new text is not only a gorgeous production, it is a complete compendium of one of the more important fields in science. It is a well written, understandable, and beautifully illustrated book that I will re-read each year. It is my understanding that it will be revised periodically as studies of Homo sapiens produce continuous and voluminous new information. The informative appendices are a superb way to handle technical information that might interrupt the easy flow of the story." Eric D. Miller