[Book filter] Seeking a decent primer on natural history - the big bang through to humans
January 15, 2011 1:03 AM Subscribe
Can you help me find a decent primer on natural history, from the beginnings of grey matter and the start of the universe, through to the present - including the evolution of humans?
posted by mrme to Science & Nature (5 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Kind of like Bill Bryson's "A short history of nearly everything", but covering topics from the start of the universe, through to the present - including the evolution of pre-humans and humans, the Jurassic period and dinosaurs, etc.
Material out there seems pretty isolated, but I'm looking for a book that draws a lot of these disparate threads together. Richard Dawkins' book on Evolution ("The greatest show on earth") is a little hard to follow and seems a bit tangential. I'm after a more generalist, basic even, book which gives a holistic explanation/overview, in chronological order.