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Thinking about the Earth

A History of Ideas in Geology

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$78.00 • £62.95 • €70.00

ISBN 9780674883826

Publication Date: 11/01/1996


440 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

27 line illustrations, 35 halftones, 5 tables

North America only

  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Glossary
  • Introduction
  • 1. A Mythical and Living World: Ideas about the Earth in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • 2. Mechanical Theories of the Earth and Physico-Theology
  • 3. The Beginnings of Geological Science: Detachment from Cosmogony and Mineralogy
  • 4. Thoughts on Heat, Fire and Water
  • 5. The Earth Surveyed and Geological Mapped: the Territorial Imperative
  • 6. Geological Time and the Tempo of Geological Change
  • 7. Thoughts about Climate. Glaciation and Carving the Earth’s Surface
  • 8. The Making of Mountains and the Pulse of the Earth
  • 9. Thinking about Rocks and their Formation: Magma, Migma and All That Stuff
  • 10. Thinking with Instruments: Earthquakes, Early Seismology and the Earth’s Hidden Interior
  • 11. Movement of Poles and Continents, or Getting Bigger?
  • 12. Some Grander Ways of Thinking
  • 13. Some Concluding Thoughts
  • Suggestions for Further Reading
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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