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

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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 ...
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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781565116382
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged; 5.75 hours on 6 CDs
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.86 (w) x 5.72 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Cutler

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.

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In our interview, Cutler shared some fascinating facts about himself:

"I've never been able to answer the question, ‘How did you become interested in science?' I'm tempted to turn the question around: How do people become uninterested in science? As a child I was curious about everything. With my friends I explored the woods near our home, caught bugs and frogs and turtles, and looked at the moon with binoculars. Naturally, I was fascinated by dinosaurs, too. To be curious about the natural world seemed normal to me then, and it seems normal to me now. I figure that for most people the curiosity is still there somewhere, even if its been dormant for years. My hope in writing about science is to connect with that curiosity and reawaken it if I can."

"When I was 26 years old, I took a sabbatical from graduate school and hopped a plane to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For eight months I traveled around the Malay Archipelago -- Java, Bali, Sumatra, Borneo, and the Philippines -- living on the cheap. I climbed smoking volcanoes, tromped through rainforests, sailed across the South China Sea in a small boat, learned to speak passable Indonesian, and lived the life of a footloose vagabond in paradise. Most of the time I was on my own, immersed in a completely unfamiliar culture. It was a great lesson in the diversity of human perspectives and experiences. In Borneo, I met an old Chinese man who had lived on a river all his life but had never seen the ocean. He was astonished to learn that I had crossed the South China Sea in a sailboat. He had never heard of such a thing. A boat powered by the wind instead of a motor, he said, what will they think of next?"

"I was raised as a Unitarian in a home that was respectful of religion but not especially devout. After writing a book such as Seashell on the Mountaintop, which delves into the complicated historical relationship between religion and science, I now take religion a lot more seriously than I used to. I am still not an orthodox Christian, or an orthodox anything else for that matter, but I am impressed by richness of religious thinking through the ages. If I can't abide the cheap shots uninformed fundamentalists often take at science, I can no longer abide the cheap shots uninformed scientists sometimes take at religion, either."

"I love the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland crab houses. My favorite activities are outdoors -- hiking, birding, boating, camping -- but I don't get out as much as I'd like. I like big cities, but I don't miss their attractions when I'm away from them. On the other hand, if I go for more than few weeks without driving on a dirt road or hearing birdsongs I feel deprived. My wife and I have tried to raise our kids to think of appreciating nature as a normal part of a full life -- not just as a 'hobby' or grist for nature shows on TV."

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

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    A Gem in the History of Science

    This brief volume is a wonderful introduction to Nicolas Steno and his time with an emphasis on Steno's work in geology. Cutler does an excellent job of presenting the historical, political, and scientific background as well as the personalities involved in a lucid and enjoyable style. Cutler does an excellent job of presenting the geological puzzle of sea shells on mountain tops and how Steno worked through to the answer. I highly recommend this book to any one interested in history or science.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

    Excellent treatise on the evolution of scientific thought

    I picked up this book on a whim and am ever thankful. It is well written, well researched, and extremely interesting. It is a must read for all budding geologists and for anyone interested in the evolution of the scientific method. I have loaned and given it to geologists, physicians, and ministers. It is that good!

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