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Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle

Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time

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ISBN 9780674891999

Publication Date: 01/01/1988

Academic Trade

240 pages

6 x 9 inches

40 halftones

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  • 1. The Discovery of Deep Time
    • Deep Time
    • Myths of Deep Time
    • On Dichotomy
    • Time’s Arrow and Time’s Cycle
    • Caveats
  • 2. Thomas Burnet’s Battleground of Time
    • Burner’s Frontispiece
    • The Burnet of Textbooks
    • Science versus Religion?
    • Burnet’s Methodology
    • The Physics of History
    • Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle: Conflict and Resolution
    • Burnet and Steno as Intellectual Partners in the Light of Time’s Arrow and Time’s Cycle
  • 3. James Hutton’s Theory of the Earth: A Machine without a History
    • Picturing the Abyss of Time
    • Hutton’s World Machine and the Provision of Deep Time
    • The Hutton of Legend
    • Hutton Disproves His Legend
    • The Sources of Necessary Cyclicity
    • Hutton’s Paradox: Or, Why the Discoverer of Deep Time Denied History
    • Borges’s Dilemma and Hutton’s Motto
    • Playfair: A Boswell with a Difference
    • A Word in Conclusion and Prospect
  • 4. Charles Lyell, Historian of Time’s Cycle
    • The Case of Professor Ichthyosaurus
    • Charles Lyell, Self-Made in Cardboard
    • Lyell’s Rhetorical Triumph: The Miscasting of Catastrophism
    • Lyell’s Defense of Time’s Cycle
    • Lyell, Historian of Time’s Cycle
    • The Partial Unraveling of Lyell’s World View
    • Epilogue
  • 5. Boundaries
    • Hampton’s Throne and Burnet’s Frontispiece
    • The Deeper Themes of Arrows and Cycles
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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