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Tunguska, or the End of Nature
Author: Michael Hampe
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 3 June 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 2.54
On June 30, 1908, a mysterious explosion erupted in the skies over a vast woodland area of Siberia. Known as the Tunguska Event, it has been a source of wild conjecture over the past century, attributed to causes ranging from meteors to a small black hole to antimatter. In this imaginative book, Michael Hampe sets four fictional men based on real-life scholarsa physicist (Gunter Hasinger and Steven Weinberg), a philosopher (Paul Feyerabend), a biologist (Adolf Portmann), and a mathematician (Alfred North Whitehead)adrift on the open ocean, in a dense fog, to discuss what they think happened. The result is a playful and highly illuminating exploration of the definition of nature, mankind's role within it, and what its end might be.
Tunguska, Or the End of Nature uses its four-man setup to tackle some of today's burning issuessuch as climate change, environmental destruction, and resource managementfrom a diverse range of perspectives. With a kind of foreboding, it asks what the world was like, and will be like, without us, whether we are negligible and the universe random, whether nature can truly be explained, whether it is good...
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