Principles of Geology / Edition 1

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As important to modern world views as any work of Darwin, Marx, or Freud, Lyell's Principles of Geology has never before been available in paperback. In this third and final volume, Charles Lyell (1797-1875) devotes much attention to the "syntax of geology," that is, to a way of reconstructing the geological past on the basis of the "grammar" of the present processes he has described in the earlier volumes. He defines four periods of the Tertiary—Newer Pliocene, Older Pliocene, Miocene, and Eocene—and argues that the deposits dating from each period demonstrate the uniformity of processes and environments throughout the Tertiary, and indeed in earlier periods of earth history.

Martin J. S. Rudwick has compiled a bibliography giving full references for the sources Lyell cites in all three volumes of the Principles.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226497990
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Principles of Geology Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 602
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Edited with an Introduction by James A. Secord

Numbers in italics refer to chapters included only as summaries or in brief extracts

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on This Edition

Volume I (1830)
1: Objects and Nature of Geology
2-4: Historical Sketch of the Progress of Geology
5: Theoretical Errors which have Retarded the Progress of Geology
6: Assumed Discordance of the Ancient and Existing Causes of Change Controverted - Climate
7: Climate, continued
8: Climate, continued
9. Theory of the Progressive Development of Organic Life
10-17: Aqueous Causes
18-22: Igneous Causes
23-24: Earthquakes and their Effects
25: Earthquakes, continued - Temple of Serapis
26. Causes of Earthquakes and Volcanos

Volume II (1832)
1: Changes of the Organic World - Reality of Species
2: Theory of the Transmutation of Species Untenable
3: Limits of the Variability of Species
4: Hybrids
5-7: Geographical Distribution of Species
8: Changes in the Animate World, which Tend to the Extinction of Species
9: Changes in the Animate World, which Tend to the Extinction of Species, continued
10: Changes in the Inorganic World, Tending to the Extinction of Species
11: Whether the Extinction and Creation of Species Can Now be in Progress
12: Modifications in Physical Geography Caused by Plants, the Inferior Animals, and Man
13-16, 17: How the Remains of Man and his Works are becoming Fossil beneath the Waters
18: Corals and Coral Reefs

Volume III (1833)
1: Methods of Theorizing in Geology
2: General Arrangement of the Materials Composing the Earth's Crust
3: Different Circumstances under which the Secondary and Tertiary Formations may have Originated
4: Determination of the Relative Ages of Rocks
5: Classification of Tertiary Formations in Chronological Order
6-7: Newer Pliocene Formations - Sicily
8: Rocks of the Same Age in Etna
9: Origin of the Newer Pliocene Strata of Sicily
10-26: Former Changes of the Earth's Surface
Concluding Remarks

Glossary
Notes
Bibliography of Reviews
Index

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