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"T. rex" and the Crater of Doom (Princeton Science Library) [Kindle Edition]

Walter Alvarez , Carl Zimmer
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One of the great mysteries is what happened to the dinosaurs and it has taken great detective work to give us an answer. In T. Rex and the Crater of Doom, some brilliant, not to mention determined, scientists roam the world and seek out the clues. What they conclude is that the earth withstood a colossal impact with a meteor (or perhaps a comet) 65 million years ago. The resulting cataclysm destroyed half the life on the planet.

Walter Alvarez, a geologist at the University of California at Berkeley, and one of the four scientists who present this theory on the mystery, tells the story in a clear narrative that contains a wealth of scientific material. The book does require an investment of attention, but the presentation is quite readable and the story itself is fascinating.


"[D]eft and readable ... T. rex and the Crater of Doom gets the facts across in a lighthearted, almost playful manner. But it's also solid science, a clear and efficient exposition that conveys plenty of cogent detail while keeping an eye on the subtle interplay of thought, action, and personality that makes scientific research such arresting human behavior... [An] estimable account from the world's leading authority on death from above."--Timothy Ferris, New York Times Book Review "A geologist (who happens to be a kind of working philosopher) gives a deft, readable explanation of the extinction of the dinosaurs."--New York Times Book Review "The book is very well written and so engrossing that a reader with little or no background in the earth's geologic history will enjoy an easy and vastly entertaining summary of how we came to our present understanding of the past. It is a wonderful adventure in science."--Dale Russell, The Los Angeles Times Book Review "An unfolding story told by its leading protagonist... Very clearly and entertainingly written, and illustrated with fascinating colour plates, it is accessible even to nonspecialists."--Arthur C. Clarke, The Times Higher Education Supplement "A fascinating proof of a once ridiculed theory. In fitting together the puzzle of dino demise, Alvarez excitingly shapes the story for the widest audience."--Booklist "Every library with geology holdings will want to have this book... Alvarez offers a great detective story... "--Choice "A first-rate, swiftly paced tale of how science can propel its participants down avenues of surprising discovery to breathtaking conclusions."--Charles Petit, San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle "This personal account of the search for a geological Excalibur makes fascinating reading... [It] reads like Arthurian legend, full of temptations which lead the hero astray and distract him and his followers from the true path."--Douglas Palmer, New Scientist "Alvarez's book recounts this scientific detective story in an authoritative yet consistently engaging manner. Once considered absurd, the idea that extraterrestrial factors were involved in some of the great crises in the history of life has become widely accepted."--Hans-Dieter Sues, Toronto Globe and Mail "A nicely told and well-written tale of scientific discovery."--Library Journal "Appealing and accessible, an excellent introduction to the subject."--Kirkus Review "Reading Alvarez's book is a bit like reading a letter from an old friend you haven't seen for 30 years... Serious passages are offset by cheeky commentary and humble asides that keep the book from becoming overly solemn or preachy."--Rachel Berstein, Berkeley Science Review "If you love mysteries and enjoy science, this is a wonderful book to read."--Wildlife Activist


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 5777 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 202 Seiten
  • Verlag: Princeton University Press (25. Juni 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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Walter Alvarez has done a great job of describing the solution to a great scientific mystery: what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs? It is now well known that a large meteor hit the earth 65 million years ago creating a monstrous explosion and dust cloud, blocking the earth from the sun. The proof that was given to us by nature was the Chixculub Crater, created by the asteroid 65 million years before. He lost me a third of the way into the book, as he started to talk of the chemical bases of the iridium and how different machines used certain chemicals to trace other chemicals. It was not that I disliked the book. The pictures were stunning and I thought that for the most part the book was really intriguing from a scientific point of view. The reason for the three points taken off was that, perhaps, in order to make the chronical book length, he combined difficult information with more interesting and less difficult information. I think he was aiming at too wide an audience. Was he talking to high school students? College students? Overall I really enjoyed the book and I recommend this book to anyone over the age of sixteen. It is most certainly a book for someone who has studied some biology, chemistry, or geology in school.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Two good books in one 3. Oktober 1997
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T. Rex is two books masquerading as one. On the surface it is about Walter Alvarez' theory of meteor impact and how he believes that it is the cause of the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period that marked the end of dinosaurs. It is in this way that the book starts, and describes the theorized events in lucid detail. The remainder of the book is of another kind, and that is the hidden treasure here. This book is a story of personal inquiry and uncertainty, of conflict between father and son resolved through conjoint quest, of the gathering of knowlege by many people with unrelated agendas to formulate and reinforce this revolutionary theory. It is a story of how science really works, how ideas are formed, challenged, reformed, and grow to be accepted. Though not what the title promises, this second book is a delight for anyone with an interest in what living the life of science is really like. It makes this book better than a good science read, and much more personal. Highly recommended.
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The strong points in this book are these:
1) it is a thoroughly entertaining detailed account of the discovery of the causes for the mass extinction which occurred at the K-T boundary, and
2) it provides an insightful anaylsis of the many pitfalls, lucky strikes, and false trails which are characterstic of any process of true scientific discovery. As such it reminds us of how careful and open-minded scientists need to be in dealing with new insights and discoveries.
For those who are trained scientists, the book is mainly written for the layperson, especially the geological aspects, but that is fine, because as a geologist I am strongly of the view that we need more geological education and understanding in the general community. It is fine if science is written simplistically as long as it is accurate. Walter Alvalrez, for the most part, with perhaps a few exceptions, has managed to achieve this careful tension. The book is not an overview of the various theories and developments concerning mass extinction events, but rather a story of the search told by some who have been deeply involved. Therefore the fact that it doesn't provide an objective overview of the available theories, whilst true, is not really relevant here; Walter Alvarez is telling a story of mostly his own experiences, and those with whom he has worked. As long as this is understood, the book is educational, entertaining, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I would like to add for those with some knowledge of geological science, that we have some very good exposures of the Permian-Triassic boundary in Australia, which Mr Alvarez notes is not so common in the northern hemisphere.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen T. Rex: KT boundary once again 11. April 2000
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Probably the most investigated mass extinction of the five major events known to have occurred has been the KT boundary event. This is probably because the dinosaur, especially T. Rex--as notice how much the dino named Sue fetched at auction--has captured the popular imagination more than any other animal. It was also the demise of these animals that openned up a world of opportunity for mammals, among which our own species is numbered. We therefore have a vested interest in, a sense of ownership of that catastrophic event as of no other. The notion of an astroid impact as the bringer of the end to the "terrible lizards" is also almost Biblical in proportion. It grabs the imagination. Certainly it has grabbed the media, as several TV programs and at least two movies about astroid impacts have been produced since the introduction of the theory advanced by the Alvarez, father and son. This book is a well written account by Walter Alvarez of the discovery of the clues to that event, of the gradual developement of the theory by many contributors, and of the defense of the theory before the scientific community. In fact the book is a good demonstration of the rigour with which new theories are challenged and defended and of the scientific process itself. It is also a landmark episode of the multidisciplinary approach to research and the growing dialogue between scientists from different fields. (For an opposing theory, also in itself compelling, see Evolution Catastrophies by Courtillot, or click on my name for my review of it. For a more thorough account of the prevailing theories of the KT and other extinctions see End of the Dinosaurs by Frankel or the review of it under my name).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Warum ich T.rex and the Crater of Doom gekauft habe.
Mich interressiert wie und warum die Dinosaurier ausgestorben sind und die Einschlagstheorie ist für mich sehr faszinierend. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 7 Monaten von Volker Schubert veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Großartiges Buch über (einen) Forscher, der baharrlich an...
Das Thema ist inzwischen ja fast abgegriffen, aber wer etwas tiefer einsteigen möchte, ohne sich mit Fachliteratur herumschlagen zu wollen, dem kann man das Buch nur... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 11 Monaten von B.Hettwig veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Read
Gives an interesting and factual account of the search for the cause of mass extinction that occured 65 million years ago. Dry in a few places but written well overall.
Veröffentlicht am 27. Februar 2000 von J. R. Williams
5.0 von 5 Sternen a great detective story
Although there are many questions that still remain about the extinction of the dinosaurs, this book does a very good job in detailing the work involved with finding the impact... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Dezember 1999 von Michael G McGauley
5.0 von 5 Sternen Science, Geophysics, Dinosaurs and a mystery
June 16, 1999 I would first like to thank Walter Alvarez, Jeff Riggenbach for taking the time to write this book and especially for creating an audio abridged version of it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Juni 1999 von Arnold Veness
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book
This book is a nice account of the catastrophic event that wiped out the dinosaurs. I would give the book a rating of 5, but there is a wonderful 15 page narration of the event... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 7. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen As the child learns, the parent learns.
As the parent of a dinosaur-crazy boy, I have read nearly every juvenile dinosaur book at the library and bookstore. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen To Impact or Not Impact--That is the Question!
A well written book with good intentions, but there's still reason to doubt the "impact theory" as the reason for the demise of the dinosaurs. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 13. März 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good for kids
Although adults may prefer another book on the topic, such as the excellent Night Comes To The Cretaceous, this book's only real failing is in dealing with the nasty tactics used... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 21. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good for kids
Although adults may prefer another book on the topic, such as the excellent Night Comes To The Cretaceous, this book's only real failing is in dealing with the nasty tactics used... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 21. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht
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