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G. Brent Dalrymple
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The Age of the Earth

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“...Dalrymple authoritatively unfolds the evidence for an Earth that is billions of years old.”—Science & Theology News
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Published 1994 by Stanford University Press (first published July 1st 1991)
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David
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very nice treatment of the science behind geologic dating. The author describes in detail how the various schemes work, including, for instance, the Rb-Sr isochron method. Fortunately, the author does not shy from mathematical formulas, although only high school algebra is required to follow the arguments in full detail.

One might ask why such a book is necessary. To answer that question, one need only look at the results of recent public polls, such as the 2004 Gallup poll that found f
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Alka
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a geologist who specializes in radioisotope geochemistry, I loved this book. That said, I think that non-scientists might have a hard time understanding the nuances of much of this book. It might be just a touch too technical.
King Ævil
Apr 03, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers with strong science backgrounds (see review)
Shelves: general-science, 2007
I recommend The Age of the Earth to anyone with a strong general science background who is interested in radiometric dating methods and/or in debunking creationist arguments for a young earth.

This book will be more valuable to me as a reference than it was as pleasure reading. The author presents an airtight case for the age of the Earth, ca. 4.55 billion years, citing several major lines of evidence, including Moon rocks and meteorites. His discussion is perhaps too technical for the average r
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Fred Kohn
This is my second go-round on this book. The first time I read it a few years ago I found it very hard going, perhaps because of the somewhat stuffy style (for a science book aimed at non-specialists), perhaps because I was not willing to put the work in that was required to understand some of the concepts. This time I approached it with more of a can-do attitude, and it payed off handsomely. This is not a book to be trifled with for someone with only a meager science background such as myself, ...more
King Ævil
Excellent near the beginning and end, but the middle seriously bogs down in technicalities. Dr. Dalrymple meticulously presents a solid scientific argument, reminiscent of the Origin of Species. Both books tend to clobber the reader over the head with a vast mountain of evidence, which, although impeccable scientifically, does not make for light reading.
Beau Braswell
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fantastic; struck the balance between details and readability.
Weston Mccarron
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. If you've wondered how exactly scientists come up with the numbers for the age of the earth, and how they can seem so sure, read this book. Lots of hard data and careful explanation.
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