Burning Planet, The Story of Fire Through Time

The author has provided a fascinating history of fire, its impact on the planet and its life forms. Fire is a greatly under estimated phenomena. It has an enormous impact on the environment and the development of everything that lives in that environment. Its impact is at least an equal to water, ice, plate tectonics, weather patterns and atmosphere – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Burning Planet, The Story of Fire Through Time
FILE: R2683
AUTHOR: Andrew C Scott
PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  231
PRICE: £20.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Fire, combustion, causes of ignition, spread, propagation, 
natural causes, climate relationships, arson, historical record

ISBN: 978-0-19-873484-0

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DESCRIPTION: The author has provided a fascinating history of fire, 
its impact on the planet and its life forms. Fire is a greatly 
under estimated phenomena. It has an enormous impact on the 
environment and the development of everything that lives in that 
environment. Its impact is at least an equal to water, ice, plate 
tectonics, weather patterns and atmosphere – Highly Recommended.

The thoughtful and carefully researched text is supported by 
illustrations through the body of the book. These illustrations are 
drawings and photographs that add to the text.

It is always a pleasure to read a book where the author is master of 
his or her subject. In this case the author has made some important 
discoveries and is able to present a history of fire and its 
significance in a namer that will satisfy academics and 
professionals, but is also a very readable volume for those who 
know little about the subject before reading this book.

History is an important and absorbing group of topics. Without 
history we will be disabled in forecasting the future and 
explaining the present. However, it has its limitations. Much of 
history is an oral base that may have been written down later, 
sometimes much later. In the process it is subject to distortions 
and errors, but it also suffers from the data sample from which 
it is drawn. Archaeology has come to fill in the gaps, challenging 
some established assumptions and this book is based on a form of 
archaeology. The author has studied fossils as part of his 
development of theory. This vulnerability of this form of 
collecting proof of history is in the size of the sample. In 
looking at a history of some 400,000 years, the sample at any point 
in that history is small. As land masses have been created and 
destroyed, much potentially significant data is lost. That leaves 
us with probabilities to extend the scope of what data is available.

Wildfire is one of the engines of life and evolution. Even today, 
many wildfires are caused naturally. It shapes the planet in 
significant ways, as significant as water, ice and tectonic plates. 
We tend to think of fire as destructive, but it is a part of 
natural cycles, animals evolve in response to fire and fire lays the 
foundations of rebirth.

The author has presented the history and the methods of extracting 
historic data, together with its impact on predictions for the 
future. He has considered the causes of fire and the consequences, 
together with the challenges for controlling fire. It is an 
absorbing and rewarding study.