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Theory Of The Earth

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WE have found, that there is not in this globe (as a planet revolving in the solar system) any power or motion adapted to the purpose now in view; nor, were there such a power, could a mass of simply collected materials have continued any considerable time to resist the waves and currents natural to the sea, but must have been quickly carried away, and again deposited at t ...more
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Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published June 1960)
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David
Dec 26, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Years ago, in college geology classes, Hutton's name was mentioned, and some of the particulars of his observations were cited, but we never read his work. Volume I is available from guttenberg.org, making it a no brainer for the aspiring geologist who is willing to sift through the dense material presented in an antique manner. Hutton did not have benefit of modern methods, so he helped create them. In volume I. he sorts through the means by which he deduces that rock consolidated in the Earth. ...more
Bill Groves
Jan 15, 2015 Bill Groves rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book, if you can put yourself into the Edinburgh Enlightenment, and the belief in a 4000 year old Earth, Hutton slowly dismantles the traditional view and replaces it with 'deep time' based on scientific evidence.
Joe
Jan 23, 2013 Joe added it
Credited with inventing modern geology. And maybe also the idea of a benign nature whose purpose is to perpetuate life cyclically, eternally: "the result, therefore, of this physical inquiry is, that we find no vestige of a beginning,--no prospect of an end."

Read this the same day as these bp Nichol lines: "i've looked across the stars to find your eyes / they aren't there / where do you hide when the sun goes nova?"

F-ing poetry.
Keriann
May 11, 2007 Keriann rated it liked it
Shelves: science, geology
Yay Hutton! The father of modern Geology, Geography, Paleontology, and Biology. Without him, or this book, none of these sciences would exist today. (Although the same could probably be said for Alexander von Humboldt as well...)
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