A thing of shreds and patches

<p>In a fascinating study being touted as the book of his career, the science writer Richard Fortey (author of Trilobite! and Life: An Unauthorised Biography) reveals the geological development of our planet. Fortey has recently been awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize, given by the Rockefeller Foundation for excellence in science writing.</p><p>"What I always try to show in my writing is how the intimate details which people enjoy relate to the big picture. The trouble with most science writing is that scientists think the important thing is the theory, the breakthrough: they don't tend to appr...

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