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Inventing the Earth. Ideas on Landscape Development Since 1740. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5225293
  • Book
  • December 2005
  • 176 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book chronicles how successive generations of natural philosophers, geologists and geomorphologists have come to invent the view of the Earth over the past 250 years.
  • Chronicles how successive generations of natural philosophers, geologists and geomorphologists have come to invent different views of the Earth over the last 250 years.
  • Uses as its central viewpoint changing ideas about the significance of the action of rain and rivers on the Earth’s surface.
  • Shows how our contemporary “truths” have come to be accepted and exposes the frailty of even the most impeccably scientific visions of the Earth.
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List of Illustrations.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1 Inventing Scientific Explanations.

2 Inventing the Age (and Origin) of the Earth.

3 Inventing 'Modern Earth Science': Charles Lyell and 'The Principles of Geology'.

4 Inventing the Ice Age: the Rôle of Louis Agassiz.

5 Inventing a Balanced View of 'Forces Now in Operation': Charles Darwin's Travels in Space and Time.

6 Inventing a Fluvial Landscape: Powell, Gilbert and the Western Explorations.

7 The Invention of the Geographical Cycle and the Synthetic Genius of W. M. Davis.

8 Reinventing a Newtonian Universe: the Reductionist Revolution, 1945-1977.

9 Reinventing the Earth, 1977-: Homo sapiens, History and Micro-organisms.

Epilogue.

Appendix I: Cast of Principal Characters.

Appendix II: Selective Glossary of Technical Terms.

References.

Index.

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Barbara Kennedy University of Oxford.
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