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The Resource Earth's deep history : how it was discovered and why it matters, Martin J. S. Rudwick

Earth's deep history : how it was discovered and why it matters, Martin J. S. Rudwick

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Earth's deep history : how it was discovered and why it matters
Title
Earth's deep history
Title remainder
how it was discovered and why it matters
Statement of responsibility
Martin J. S. Rudwick
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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. But how was it discovered? How was the evidence for it collected and interpreted? And what kinds of people have sought to reconstruct this past that no human witnessed or recorded? In this sweeping and magisterial book, Martin J. S. Rudwick, the premier historian of the earth sciences, tells the gripping human story of the gradual realization that the Earth's history has not only been unimaginably long but also astonishingly eventful. Rudwick begins in the seventeenth century with Archbishop James Ussher, who famously dated the creation of the cosmos to 4004 BC. His narrative then turns to the crucial period of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when inquisitive intellectuals, who came to call themselves "geologists, " began to interpret rocks and fossils, mountains and volcanoes, as natural archives of Earth's history. He then shows how this geological evidence was used<U+0127> �and is still being used<U+0127> �to reconstruct a history of the Earth that is as varied and unpredictable as human history itself. Along the way, Rudwick defies the popular view of this story as a conflict between science and religion and reveals that the modern scientific account of the Earth's deep history retains strong roots in Judaeo-Christian ideas. Extensively illustrated, Earth's Deep History is an engaging and impressive capstone to Rudwick's distinguished career. Though the story of the Earth is inconceivable in length, Rudwick moves with grace from the earliest imaginings of our planet's deep past to today's scientific discoveries, proving that this is a tale at once timeless and timely.--
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Rudwick, M. J. S
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Earth sciences
  • Natural history
  • Religion and science
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Earth's deep history : how it was discovered and why it matters, Martin J. S. Rudwick
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Making history a science -- Nature's own antiquities -- Sketching big pictures -- Expanding time and history -- Bursting the limits of time -- Worlds before Adam -- Disturbing a consensus -- Human history in nature's history -- Eventful deep history -- Global histories of the earth -- One planet among many
Control code
FIEb17614089
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 360 pages
Isbn
9780226203935
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 18074067
  • (OCoLC)881386603
Label
Earth's deep history : how it was discovered and why it matters, Martin J. S. Rudwick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Making history a science -- Nature's own antiquities -- Sketching big pictures -- Expanding time and history -- Bursting the limits of time -- Worlds before Adam -- Disturbing a consensus -- Human history in nature's history -- Eventful deep history -- Global histories of the earth -- One planet among many
Control code
FIEb17614089
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 360 pages
Isbn
9780226203935
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 18074067
  • (OCoLC)881386603

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