The History of Earth: 4 Billion Years in 6 Weeks

ALL1327-HC   Second 6 Weeks      Thursdays 9:00-10:20     Start Date 26-Oct
Grossman 115         Limit 20

ALL1327-HZ   Second 6 Weeks     Thursdays 9:00-10:20     Start Date 26-Oct
Zoom   Limit  10  

This course will cover the history of our planet from its formation 4.56 billion years ago to the present. The focus will be on the interaction between geology and the biosphere throughout Earth’s history and the inevitability of an unprecedented rate of climate change that confronts us now.  All participants are encouraged to read A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters by Andrew H. Knoll (2021) Custom House–HarperCollins, on which this course is based. For the first class, please read Prologue and Chapter 1 (pp 3-35)

Text: A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters by Andrew H. Knoll (2021) Custom House–HarperCollins.

Assignment: A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters: read Prologue and Chapter 1 (pp 3-35)

Coordinator: Steve Munroe
Steve Munroe is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Marquette University where he taught molecular biology and biochemistry for 35 years prior to retirement. He has lived full-time on Cape Cod since 2019. He has previously taught several courses at ALL and lectured at Snow Library, most recently on evolution and the origin of life.

Coordinator: Paul Coteus
Paul Coteus is a retired physicist and IBM Fellow. Starting with Rachael Carson in the 60’s, through the ozone crisis of the 80’s, and now the 21st century focus on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, Paul has kept an active interest in how our planet is responding to human impact. Paul has also taught multiple courses at ALL including ones on climate change.