Bursting the Limits of Time : The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution

Bursting the Limits of Time : The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution

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During a revolution of discovery in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, geologists reconstructed the immensely long history of the earth - and the relatively recent arrival of human life. Bursting the Limits of Time is a herculean effort by one of the world's foremost experts on the history of geology and paleontology to illuminate this scientific breakthrough that radically altered existing perceptions of a human's place in the universe as much as the theories of Copernicus and Darwin did. Rudwick examines here the ideas and practices of earth scientists throughout the Western world to show how the story of what we now call "deep time" was pieced together. He explores who was responsible for the discovery of the earth's history, refutes the concept of a rift between science and religion in dating the earth, and details how the study of the history of the earth helped define a new branch of science called geology. "Bursting the Limits of Time" is the first detailed account of this monumental phase in the history of science.

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Details

Author(s)
Professor Martin J. S. Rudwick
Format
Paperback | 732 pages
Dimensions
178 x 254 x 48.77mm | 2,200g
Publication date
08 May 2007
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
United States
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
Illustrations note
145 halftones, 34 line drawings
ISBN10
0226731138
ISBN13
9780226731131
Bestsellers rank
675,368