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Reading the Rocks: How Victorian Geologists Discovered the Secret of Life

Brenda Maddox
Format
Book
Published
New York ; London ; Oxford ; New Delhi ; Sydney : Bloomsbury, 2017.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Variant Title
How Victorian geologists discovered the secret of life
ISBN
1408879603, 9781408879603, 1632869128, 9781632869128
Summary
This is a group biography of the first geologists, the people who were first to excavate from the layers of the world its buried history. These first geologists were made up primarily of gentlemen with the necessary wealth to support their interests, yet also included clergymen, academics and women. The new science of geology was pursued by this assorted band because it opened a window on Earth's ancient past. They showed courage in facing the conflict between geology and Genesis as the rocks and fossils showed that the Earth was immeasurably old, rather than springing from a creation made in the six days that the Bible claimed. This book tells the individual stories of this group, their hope and fears, triumphs and disappointments, the theological, philosophical and scientific debates their findings provoked, and the way that as a group, they were to change our understanding of the world.
Contents
  • The abyss of time
  • Healthful exertion
  • Down the mines
  • Vestiges of paternity
  • Fighting fellows
  • Dating the deluge
  • On the beach
  • Dinosaur wars
  • Celibacy galore
  • From Siluria to the Moon
  • Alps on Alps arise
  • Darwin the geologist
  • The iceman cometh
  • Footprints in Pennsylvania
  • At last, the big question
  • Origin of Origin
  • The whole orang
  • Museum pieces
  • Then and now.
Description
xii, 254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-237) and index.
Technical Details
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