Guns Germs and Steel

Topics: Europe, Asia, Continent, Africa / Pages: 9 (2179 words) / Published: Aug 19th, 2011
Guns, Germs, And Steel
Author: Jared Diamond 1. Write a short half a page biography of the author; include information about his areas of research, books written, and prizes awarded.
Jared Mason Diamond was born on 10 September 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned an A.B degree from Harvard University in 1958 and a Ph.D. in physiology from Cambridge University in 1961. Diamond was a Junior Fellow at Harvard from 1962 to 1966, at which point he became a professor of physiology at the UCLA Medical School. By 1997 he had transferred to the UCLA Department of Geography, where he has centered biogeography and human society. Jared field experiences include twenty-two trips to New Guinea and neighboring islands to study ecology and evolution of birds. He has rediscovered of New Guinea's long-lost golden fronted bowerbird; and other field projects in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. As a environmentalist he arranged an absolute plan, almost all of which was forced for Indonesian New Guinea's national park system. Jared was also taking on a lot of projects for the Indonesian government World wildfire fund. He is a founding member of the board of the Society of Conservation Biology and a member of the board of directors of World Wildlife Fun. Jared Diamond has won numerous prizes for his work. Some of Diamonds awards are he National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan's Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University.

2. Preface: The author suggests that the roots of western Eurasian dominance in the modern world lie in what? Why has he chosen to write this book in this style and manner?
The author suggests the roots of Western Eurasian dominance in the modern world lie in the preliterate past before 3,000 B.C. The dominance of western Eurasian societies themselves and of the societies that they create

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