Principles of Geology

Principles of Geology

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by Charles Lyell
     
 

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One of the key works in the nineteenth-century battle between science and Scripture

Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (1830-33) sought to explain the geological state of the modern Earth by considering the long-term effects of observable natural phenomena. Written with clarity and a dazzling intellectual passion, it is both a seminal work of

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One of the key works in the nineteenth-century battle between science and Scripture

Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (1830-33) sought to explain the geological state of the modern Earth by considering the long-term effects of observable natural phenomena. Written with clarity and a dazzling intellectual passion, it is both a seminal work of modern geology and a compelling precursor to Darwinism, exploring the evidence for radical changes in climate and geography across the ages and speculating on the progressive development of life. A profound influence on Darwin, Principles of Geology also captured the imagination of contemporaries such as Melville, Emerson, Tennyson and George Eliot, transforming science with its depiction of the powerful forces that shape the natural world.

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A revision of the respected 1980 edition. It provides an updated synthesis and perspective on the field of genetic toxicology. Brusick treats the origins and fundamentals, consequences of genotoxic effects, screening chemicals for genotoxicity, risk estimation, human and environmental monitoring, the proper lab, details and evaluation of assays, biotechnology research's applicability, and the study of congenital malformations. Originally published in 1830 (John Murray, London), Lyell's methods and views were central to Darwin's thinking as he developed the theory of evolution through natural selection. Volume 1 begins Lyell's argument for uniformitarianism, the view that processes now visibly acting in the natural world are essentially the same as those that have acted throughout the history of the earth. This facsimile of the first edition adds a new introduction by Martin J.S. Rudwick. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140435283
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
670,819
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.78(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875) was a British geologist most famous for his great geological opus: The Principles of Geology: Being an Attempt to Explain the Former Changes of the Earth's Surface, by Reference to Causes now in Operation (3 vols 1830-33).

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