Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History- with Lewis Dartnell

Join us on 11th February for an evening with Lewis Dartnell as he discusses his book, 'Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History'.

Waterstones, Liverpool

Tuesday 11th February, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. The human story is the story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents. How are the Himalayas linked to the orbit of the Earth, and to the formation of the British Isles? By taking us billions of years into our planet's past,

Professor Lewis Dartnell tells us the ultimate origin story. When we reach the point where history becomes science we see a vast web of connections that underwrites our modern world and helps us face the challenges of the future. From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, Origins reveals the Earth's awesome impact in the shape of human civilisations.

Lewis Dartnell is an astrobiology researcher and professor at the University of Westminster. He has won several awards for his science writing, and contributes to the Guardian, The Times, and New Scientist. He has also written for television and appeared on BBC Horizon, Sky News, and Wonders of the Universe, as well as National Geographic and History channels.

Venue Information

12 College Lane
L1 3DL
United Kingdom
Phone: 0151 709 9820

About the Book

Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History
Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History

Lewis Dartnell

Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Publication date:31 Jan 2019


4.17 out of 5
3 reviews
"This fascinating book shows the role that tempestuous Planet Earth plays in driving human history"
The Times
"snappily written"
Evening Standard
"Dartnell is deplorably unambitious."
Literary Review