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Worlds before Adam : the reconstruction of geohistory in the age of reform

Author: M J S Rudwick
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
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"The first detailed account of the reconstruction of prehuman geohistory, Martin J.S. Rudwick takes readers from the post-Napoleonic Restoration in Europe to the early years of Britain's Victorian age, chronicling the staggering discoveries geologists made during the period: the uncovering of the first dinosaur fossils, the glacial theory of the last Ice Age, and the meaning of igneous rocks, among others.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M J S Rudwick
ISBN: 9780226731285 0226731286
OCLC Number: 173809136
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 2008.
Description: xxii, 614 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 27 cm.
Contents: Cuvier's model for geohistory (1817-25) --
Monsters from deep time (1819-24) --
The new stratigraphy (1817-25) --
Outline of life's history (1818-27) --
Ancient monsters on land (1818-25) --
Geological deluge and biblical flood (1819-24) --
The role of actual causes (1818-24) --
The dynamic earth (1818-24) --
The engine of geohistory (1824-29) --
The tertiary gateway (1824-27) --
The geologists' time-machine (1825-31) --
A directional history of life (1825-31) --
The last revolution (1824-30) --
The last mass extinction (1826-31) --
The centrality of central France (1826-28) --
Men among the mammoths? (1825-30) --
The specter of transmutation (1825-29) --
Lyell and Auvergne geology (1827-28) --
A geological grand tour (1828) --
Lyell in European context (1829-30) --
Geology's guiding principles (1830) --
"The Huttonian theory rediviva" (1830-31) --
Promoting Lyell's Principles (1830-31) --
The uniformity of life (1831-32) --
Completing Lyell's Principles (1832-33) --
Geohistory in retrospect (1833) --
Challenges to Lyell's geotheory (1832-35) --
The human species in geohistory (1830-37) --
Buckland's designful geohistory (1832-36) --
The progression of life (1833-39) --
Imagining geohistory (1831-40) --
Lyell's geotheory dismembered (1834-40) --
Actual causes on trial (1834-39) --
Explaining erratics (1833-40) --
Snowball earth? (1835-40) --
Taking stock for the future (1840-45).
Responsibility: Martin J.S. Rudwick.
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