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Against all odds

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Science  04 Nov 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6312, pp. 559
DOI: 10.1126/science.aah5116

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In A Most Improbable Journey, Walter Alvarez tells the story of the cosmos, Earth, life, and humanity using the interdisciplinary approach of Big History, which combines traditional historical scholarship with scientific insights. He aims to instill in his readers a sense of wonder that, despite enormous odds, there exists a planet (Earth) supremely suited for life. At the same time, Alvarez seeks to cultivate an expanded view of the nature of history, replete with contingency and consequent improbability, and to foster appreciation for the enormous stretches of time and space across which history has unfolded.