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Publisher Bloomsbury USA Academic
Publication date March 9, 2017
Pages 160
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781501317910
ISBN-10 1501317911
Dimensions 0 by 4.75 by 6.50 in.
Original list price $16.95
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

In Earth, a planetary scientist and a literary humanist explore what happens when we think of the Earth as an object viewable from space. As a “blue marble,” “a blue pale dot,” or, as Chaucer described it, “this litel spot of erthe,” the solitary orb is a challenge to scale and to human self-importance. Beautiful and self-contained, the Earth turns out to be far less knowable than it at first appears: its vast interior an inferno of incandescent and yet solid rock and a reservoir of water vaster than the ocean, a world within the world. Viewing the Earth from space invites a dive into the abyss of scale: how can humans apprehend the distances, the temperatures, and the time scale on which planets are born, evolve, and die?

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.



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With Christopher Schaberg (other contributor), Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen | from Bloomsbury USA Academic (March 9, 2017)
9781501317910 | details & prices | 160 pages | List price $16.95
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