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Lord Kelvin and the age of the earth

Author: Joe D Burchfield
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1990.
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Burchfield charts the enormous impact made by Lord Kelvin's application of thermodynamic laws to the question of the earth's age and the heated debate his ideas sparked among British Victorian physicists, astronomers, geologists, and biologists. "Anyone interested in geologic time, and that should include all geologists and a fair smattering of biologists, physicists and chemists, should make Burchfield's  Read more...
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Burchfield, Joe D.
Lord Kelvin and the age of the earth.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1990
(DLC) 90010964
(OCoLC)21445101
Named Person: William Thomson Kelvin, Baron; William Thomson Kelvin, Baron; William Thomson Kelvin, Baron; William Thomson Kelvin, baron)
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joe D Burchfield
ISBN: 9780226080260 0226080269
OCLC Number: 695993895
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 267 pages) : portrait
Contents: Preface; I. Introduction; II. Kelvin and the Physics of Time; III. Kelvin's Influence: The Initial Reception; IV. The Triumph of Limited Time; V. Opposition and Controversy; VI. Radioactivity and the Age of the Earth; VII. Conclusion; Afterword; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Joe D. Burchfield ; with a new afterword.
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Burchfield charts the enormous impact made by Lord Kelvin's application of thermodynamic laws to the question of the earth's age and the heated debate his ideas sparked among British Victorian physicists, astronomers, geologists, and biologists. "Anyone interested in geologic time, and that should include all geologists and a fair smattering of biologists, physicists and chemists, should make Burchfield's commendable and time-tested volume part of their personal library"--Brent Darymple, Quartely Review of Biology.

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