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Posted July 9, 2002
Dalrymple makes the complex data of geochronology accessible to the layperson. Creationists do not want you to read this book, preferring to regurgitate their pathetically few examples of incidents where radiometric dating has been done wrong, thus yeilding a wrong result. But Dalrymple shows that accuracy is the norm, rather than the exception, when it comes to dating rock samples with radiometric isotopes. Highly recommended.
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Posted June 26, 2011
This is an excellent resource and summary of evidence for the age of the earth. Brent Dalrymple makes the point that he's not wedded to any particular age of the earth - if the evidence said it was a few thousand years old he'd happily present that evidence. For the most part the book is suitable for the layperson with an interest in science - there may be a chapter or two on the physics of the measurements that may be a bit of a struggle but even without those chapters it's a valuable book. Dalrymple provides pieces of the chronology jigsaw that neatly fit together to indicate that the earth is very old - missing isotopes, meteorite dating, the dating of the oldest rocks on earth. By the end of the book the weight of evidence presented is so great that an old earth proposition is incontrovertible. This book is an excellent riposte to the half-truths, deceptions and downright lies by the young earth brigade.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 23, 2000
Dalrymple does an excellent job of presenting isotopic dating as factual. In particular, he would have us believe that dating results converge on 4.5 billion years. In doing so, he conveniently ignores large numbers of contradictory dates, and numerous other serious problems with isotopic dating. Dalrymple's work will prove convincing only to those who have not read the relevant geologic literature for themselves and/or who are already predisposed to believing that the earth is very old.
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