A Natural History of Time
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A Natural History of Time

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For most of history, people trusted mythology or religion to provide an answer to the pressing question of the universe's antiquity, and thus, the age of the earth, even though nature abounds with clues. In A Natural History of Time, geophysicist Pascal Richet tells the fascinating story of how scientists and philosophers examined those clues and from them built a chronolo

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Paperback, 481 pages
Published May 15th 2010 by University Of Chicago Press (first published June 1st 2007)
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Eoin
Jul 10, 2007 Eoin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: rocks
Chisel job all the way. It turns out this is not really a book about peoples' ideas about time or the increasing precision of calenders then clocks. It is a history of geology (including what there was before geology and the relevant physics and chemistry) focused around the search for an age of the earth. It is most digression and thumb-nail bios of scientists. Worth having read.
Chris
From antiquity through Scripture and science, the quest for the age of the earth. Wide-ranging and humane.
Earth ± 4.54 billion; universe ± 14 billion.
Al
Oct 17, 2007 Al marked it as thesisavoidance  ·  review of another edition
This is my $3 purchases entry. Nice tho. Has spawned a yawning detour into math and Descartes. Forgive me.
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