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The chronologers' quest : episodes in the search for the age of the earth

Author: Patrick Wyse Jackson
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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The debate over the age of the Earth has been ongoing for over two thousand years, and has pitted physicists and astronomers against biologists, religious philosophers against geologists. The Chronologers' Quest tells the story of our attempts to determine the age of the Earth. This book investigates the many novel methods used in the search for the Earth's age, from James Ussher and John Lightfoot examining  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wyse Jackson, Patrick.
Chronologers' quest.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2006285974
(OCoLC)71305946
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Wyse Jackson
ISBN: 9780511242090 0511242093 0511239521 9780511239526 0511247257 9780511247255 0511240457 9780511240454 051124097X 9780511240973 0511241496 9780511241499
OCLC Number: 77924577
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 291 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: The ancients : early chronologies --
Biblical calculations --
Models of Aristotelian infinity and sacred theories of the Earth --
Falling stones, salty oceans, and evaporating waters : early empirical measurements of the age of the Earth --
Thinking in layers : early ideas in stratigraphy --
An infinite and cyclical Earth and religious orthodoxy --
The cooling Earth --
Stratigraphical laws, uniformitarianism and the development of the geological column --
'Formed stones' and their subsequent role in biostratigraphy and evolutionary theory --
The hour-glass of accumulated or denuded sediments --
Thermodynamics and the cooling Earth revisited --
Oceanic salination reconsidered --
Radioactivity : invisible geochronometers --
The universal problem and duck soup.
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Investigates the methods used to determine the Earth's age from those with little scientific background to scientists in earth sciences.  Read more...

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"...interesting and accessible to a general audience ... Jackson lays out the information clearly and chronologically, making it an excellent resource for researchers." Sky & Telescope

 
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