On Thursday 28 February 2019, School of Geography academic, Dr Daniel Magnone, will be talking at Waterstones, Nottingham, about his work on the Earth’s impact on the shape of human civilisations, along with Prof Lewis Dartnell (University of Westminster), who will be discussing his newly published book, ‘Origins: How the Earth Made Us’.

A precis of the talk:

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 on the shape of human civilisations.

Individual tickets are £3, or free to those with a valid student ID. Guests can register in-store, or by calling Waterstones in Nottingham, on 0115 947 0069, or booking a ticket online.