Join astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell as he takes us billions of years into our planet’s past and tells us the ultimate origin story. From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, Lewis reveals the Earth’s awesome impact on the shape of human civilizations.
How are the Himalayas linked to the orbit of the Earth? Or to the formation of the British Isles? Humans are often thought to shape the environment around us, but as a species the environment shapes us. Geological forces drove evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of the democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. So come along and find out How the Earth Made Us – and made Donald Trump the US president!
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, appeared on BBC Horizon, Sky News and Wonders of the Universe as well as National Geographic and History channels. He is also author of the bestselling book The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World From Scratch.
Lewis will be signing copies of his book Origins – How the Earth Made Us at the end the end of the event.
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