Bursting the Limits of Time
The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution New edition
By (author) Professor Martin J. S. Rudwick
Bursting the Limits of Time by Professor Martin J. S. Rudwick
Book DescriptionDuring a revolution of discovery in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, geologists reconstructed the immensely long history of the earth - and the relatively recent arrival of human life. Bursting the Limits of Time is a herculean effort by one of the world's foremost experts on the history of geology and paleontology to illuminate this scientific breakthrough that radically altered existing perceptions of a human's place in the universe as much as the theories of Copernicus and Darwin did. Rudwick examines here the ideas and practices of earth scientists throughout the Western world to show how the story of what we now call "deep time" was pieced together. He explores who was responsible for the discovery of the earth's history, refutes the concept of a rift between science and religion in dating the earth, and details how the study of the history of the earth helped define a new branch of science called geology. "Bursting the Limits of Time" is the first detailed account of this monumental phase in the history of science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226731131
(254mm x 178mm x 49mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 8-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Professor Martin J. S. Rudwick
Earth's Deep History, Hardback (October 2014)
Earth has been witness to mammoths and dinosaurs, global ice ages, continents colliding or splitting apart, comets and asteroids crashing catastrophically to the surface, as well as the birth of humans who are curious to understand it all. This book tells human story of the gradual realization.
Worlds Before Adam, Paperback (May 2010)
Presents an account of the reconstruction of prehuman history of the earth. This title takes readers from the post-Napoleonic Restoration in Europe to the early years of Britain's Victorian age, chronicling the staggering discoveries geologists made during the period.
Georges Cuvier, Fossil Bones, and Geological Catastrophes, Paperback (November 1998)» View all books by Professor Martin J. S. Rudwick
Georges Cuvier's research on fossil bones helped in the formation of geology and palaeontology. In this translation, his writings on fossils and catastrophes are accompanied by a narrative and interpretive commentary, placing Cuvier's work in its biographical, scientific and social context.
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Author Biography - Professor Martin J. S. Rudwick
Martin J. S. Rudwick is a research associate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and professor emeritus of history at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Meaning of Fossils, The Great Devonian Controversy, Scenes from Deep Time, and Georges Cuvier, all published by the University of Chicago Press.
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