Architects of Eternity
Corfield describes how the timescale of life on earth was established, including the use of radioactive dating. There is also a chapter on the use of isotope ratios to deduce the changes in the climate and the state of the ocean. Corfield writes with a touch of humour, and makes the details of palaeontology accessible to a wider readership. What I found was that if I knew something about a topic then the book provided some fascinating details. For other topics, however, I noticed that the book could still seem a bit technical. Hence the book is probably best suited to those readers who have already read a bit about the subject of palaeontology.