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The Seashell on the Mountaintop: A Story of Science, Sainthood, and the Humble Genius who Discovered a New History of the Earth
     

The Seashell on the Mountaintop: A Story of Science, Sainthood, and the Humble Genius who Discovered a New History of the Earth

by Alan Cutler, Grover Gardner (Narrated by)
 

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The story of enigmatic scientist-turned-priest, Nicholas Steno, who first proposed that the shell-shaped rocks commonly found on Italian mountaintops actually were fossils--a notion completely antithetical to the 17th century theological and scientific world view, which maintained that the earth was only 6000 years old. Placing Steno's story in the context of

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The story of enigmatic scientist-turned-priest, Nicholas Steno, who first proposed that the shell-shaped rocks commonly found on Italian mountaintops actually were fossils--a notion completely antithetical to the 17th century theological and scientific world view, which maintained that the earth was only 6000 years old. Placing Steno's story in the context of such characters as Darwin, Newton, Thomas Jefferson and Saint Augustine, Alan Cutler illuminates the subject of "deep time" by combining authoritative science with stories of extraordinary people to bring home the philosophical and personal significance of Steno's ideas, offering a fresh, new perspective on the very old planet on which we live.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565116375
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
05/12/2003
Series:
Highbridge Distribution Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
345
Product dimensions:
4.46(w) x 1.23(h) x 7.22(d)

Meet the Author


ALAN CUTLER, PhD, a well-known and widely respected researcher in paleontology and geology, is a Research Associate in the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian. Dr. Cutler, affiliated with the Smithsonian since 1993, also works in the Smithsonian’s Department of Public Programs. He is an expert in the study of fossilization.

AudioFile Golden Voice GROVER GARDNER is a published author and a narrator of many children’s, young adult, and adult audiobooks.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Date of Birth:
February 24, 1954
Place of Birth:
Bethesda, Maryland
Education:
B.A., Carleton College, 1975; M.S., University of Rochester, 1977; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1991

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