The Abyss of Time: Changing Conceptions of the Earth's Antiquity After the Sixteenth Century

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Courier Corporation, 2002. 12. 26. - 251페이지
Accessible, entertaining work addresses Earth's age as it explores the work of Hooke, Buffon, Lyell, Cuvier, Darwin, Agassiz, and others, detailing discoveries that led to knowledge of Earth's astonishing antiquity — from Steno's contemplation of fossilized shark's teeth in 1666 through Holmes' time scales of 1960. Nominated for the American Book Award. 29 black-and-white illustrations.

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To the Reader
9
Introduction
17
Maltas Cradle
20
Solids within Solids
30
Mr Hookle
43
Hookes illustrations of ammonites
49
A Sacred Theory of the Earth
58
Thomas Burnet
60
The Fourdimensional Jigsaw Puzzle
117
A Question of Tempo
131
A Plenitude of Events
148
The Great Tree of Life
162
Kelvin
175
A Numbers Game
186
Radiometric Dating
200
World Enough and Time
214

Telliameds Story
68
Benoît de Maillet
69
The Epochs of Nature
78
View from the Brink
89
Father William
104
Notes
223
References
231
Index of Names
241
Subject Index
247
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