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The earth on show : fossils and the poetics of popular science, 1802-1856

Author: Ralph O'Connor
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.
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Ralph O'Connor tracks the astonishing growth of geology's prestige in Briatin, exploring how a new geohistory far more alluring than the standard six days of Creation was assembled and sold to the wider Bible-reading public at the turn of the 19th century.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph O'Connor
ISBN: 9780226616681 0226616681
OCLC Number: 154309285
Awards: Winner of British Society for Literature and Science Book Prize 2007.
Description: xiii, 541 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction : Science as literature --
Enter the mammoth --
William Buckland : antiquary and wizard --
Lizards and literalists --
Lyell steps in --
Marketing geology --
Polite science and narrative form --
Time travel and virtual tourism in the age of John Martin --
Literary monsters --
Scenes and legends from deep time --
Hugh Miller and the geologic diorama --
Epilogue : New mythologies of the ancient earth.
Responsibility: Ralph O'Connor.
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