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Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time

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In the eighteenth century, the received wisdom, based on biblical calculations, was that the Earth was just six thousand years old. James Hutton, a gentleman with a passion for rocks, knew that could not be the case. Looking at the irregular strata of the Earth he deduced that a much longer span of time would be required for the landscape he saw to have evolved. In the tur
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Published August 8th 2006 by Forge Books (first published 2004)
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Nicholas Whyte

Baxter is best known for his SF writing, but here he turns his hand to history of science, specifically James Hutton, the Scottish eighteenth-century intellectual who boldly stated that the earth must be much older than the date of 4004 BC given by Archbishop Ussher the previous century.

As an undergraduate at Cambridge, I did the first-year NatSci Geology course which included a field trip to the Isle of Arran, led by the up-and-coming Simon Conway Morri
The story of James Hutton (1726-1797), a Scottish chemist, farmer and the first "modern" geologist. Hutton introduced the concept of deep time, using a life-long study of rock formations in the British Isles and Europe to overturn contemporary concepts of the age of the Earth, most of which were based on biblical interpretations. Most famously, the Irish bishop, James Ussher (1581-1656), spent his life studying the chronology of the Earth through detailed reading of the bible. He concluded that ...more
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Mar 18, 2009 Abigail (Abbe) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: geology/soils people. history/science buffs.
awesome detail about how scientific thought has evolved over time. to discover that one person's theory can be expanded, remolded, and adjusted to meet changes in human thought and experience. LOVED IT!
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I hate writing papers. I hadto write a five page paper on James Hutton. But I am ever so thankful for this book, or I would have never been able to write it.
At first blush, this book simply tells us that observation reveals more than we know.
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Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge (mathematics) and Southampton Universities (doctorate in aeroengineering research). Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C. Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold: Time. His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the ...more
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