A Literary Companion to Geology

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Edited by Randye Rutberg and Shruti Philips
©2018, 184 pages
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    A Literary Companion to Geology engages students of geology by exposing them to talented authors who are passionate about this subject matter. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the carefully curated readings have a narrative theme and convey the excitement of research and discovery.

    Each reading is a discrete unit that prompts reflection on the nature of science, the role of observation, experimentation, new technologies, and the impact of luck in the scientific process. Various aspects of geology are contextualized, enabling students to see the relationship between geology and other fields such as engineering, computer science, and anthropology. The readings address high-interest topics including the nature and value of science, abrupt climate change, the geology of New York City, and what really leads to casualties during earthquakes.

    Designed as a companion reader to main geology textbooks, A Literary Companion to Geology will inspire readers to master material in the primary text, and explore the books from which the readings are excerpted. This fresh take on geology instruction is well suited to introductory geology lecture and laboratory courses, historical geology, and geomorphology.

    Randye Rutberg, who holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Columbia University, is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Hunter College, City University of New York. Dr. Rutberg is active in Climate Voices with the Science Speakers Network.
    Shruti Philips earned her Ph.D. in earth and environmental science at the Graduate School of the City University of New York, and is now a faculty member in the Department of Geography at Hunter College.

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