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Revolutions in the earth : James Hutton and the true age of the world

Author: Stephen Baxter
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the eighteenth century, the received wisdom, following Bishop Ussher's careful biblical calculations, was that the Earth was just six thousand years old. James Hutton, a gentleman farmer with legal and medical training and a passion for rocks, knew that this could not be the case. Looking at the formation of irregular strata in the layers of the Earth he deduced that a much deeper abyss of time would be required  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: James Hutton; James Hutton; James Hutton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0297829750 9780297829751
OCLC Number: 51965932
Description: 245 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Stephen Baxter.
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