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Author Rudwick, M. J. S.

Title Bursting the limits of time : the reconstruction of geohistory in the age of revolution / Martin J.S. Rudwick
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 708 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Understanding the earth -- Naturalists, philosophers, and others -- Sciences of the earth -- The theory of the earth -- Transposing history into the earth -- Problems with fossils -- Reconstructing geohistory -- A new science of "geology"? -- Denizens of a former world -- Geognosy enriched into geohistory -- The gateway to the deep past -- Earth's last revolution
Summary In 1650, Archbishop James Ussher of Armagh joined the long-running theological debate on the age of the earth by famously announcing that creation had occurred on October 23, 4004 B.C. Although widely challenged during the Enlightenment, this belief in a six-thousand-year-old planet was only laid to rest during a revolution of discovery in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In this relatively brief period, geologists reconstructed the immensely long history of the earth-and the relatively recent arrival of human life. Highlighting a discovery that radically altered existing pe
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 653-699) and index
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Subject Geology -- Europe -- History -- 18th century.
Science -- Europe -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004022007
ISBN 0226731146 (electronic bk.)
9780226731148 (electronic bk.)