This book chronicles how successive generations of naturalphilosophers, geologists and geomorphologists have come to inventthe view of the Earth over the past 250 years.
- Chronicles how successive generations of natural philosophers,geologists and geomorphologists have come to invent different viewsof the Earth over the last 250 years.
- Uses as its central viewpoint changing ideas about thesignificance of the action of rain and rivers on the Earth’ssurface.
- Shows how our contemporary “truths” have come to beaccepted and exposes the frailty of even the most impeccablyscientific visions of the Earth.
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About the Author
Dr Barbara Kennedy is Emeritus Fellow of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford and former Lecturer (CUF) in the School of Geography.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations.
1 Inventing Scientific Explanations.
2 Inventing the Age (and Origin) of the Earth.
3 Inventing 'Modern Earth Science': Charles Lyell and 'ThePrinciples of Geology'.
4 Inventing the Ice Age: the Rôle of Louis Agassiz.
5 Inventing a Balanced View of 'Forces Now in Operation':Charles Darwin's Travels in Space and Time.
6 Inventing a Fluvial Landscape: Powell, Gilbert and the WesternExplorations.
7 The Invention of the Geographical Cycle and the SyntheticGenius of W. M. Davis.
8 Reinventing a Newtonian Universe: the Reductionist Revolution,1945-1977.
9 Reinventing the Earth, 1977-: Homo sapiens, History andMicro-organisms.
Appendix I: Cast of Principal Characters.
Appendix II: Selective Glossary of Technical Terms.
What People are Saying About This
“Interesting, informative, and easy to read.”
The Leading Edge
"Barbara Kennedy chronicles evolutionary stages of generations of views of the discovery of our planet. The presentation is lucid and enjoyable. This highly readable book can be compared wih Kenneth Hsu's books on Physical Principles of Sedimentology, which was published in 1994 . . . Such books are rare indeed."
Journal of Sedimentary Research