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Inventing the Earth: Ideas on Landscape Development Since 1740 / Edition 1

Inventing the Earth: Ideas on Landscape Development Since 1740 / Edition 1

by Barbara Kennedy


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ISBN-13: 2901405101881
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/23/2006
Edition description: REV
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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.



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“Interesting, informative, and easy to read.”
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"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

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