The Man Who Found Time

The Man Who Found Time

James Hutton and the Discovery of the Earth's Antiquity

eBook - 2008
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There are three men whose life's work helped free science from the strait-jacket of religion. Two of the three--Nicolaus Copernicus and Charles Darwin--are widely heralded for their breakthroughs. The third, James Hutton, is comparatively unknown, yet he profoundly changed our understanding of the earth, its age, and its dynamic forces. A Scottish gentleman farmer, Hutton's observations on his small tract of land led him to a theory that directly contradicted biblical claims that the Earth was only 6,000 years old. This expertly crafted narrative tells the story not only of Hutton, but also of S.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780786743995
0786743999
Characteristics: 1 online resource (257 p.)
Contents: Praise for: The Man Who Found Time; Contents; Prologue; 1: Looking So Far Into the Abyss of Time; 2: First Came Adam and Eve, Then Came Cain and Abel . . .; 3: Auld Reekie; 4: The Storm Before the Calm; 5: Youthful Wanderings; 6: The Paradox of the Soil; 7: The Athens of the North; 8: The Eureka Moments; 9: Hutton's Boswell's; 10: The Huttonian Revolution; Epilogue; Appendix; Sources and Suggested Readings; Acknowledgments; Index.
Summary: There are three men whose life's work helped free science from the strait-jacket of religion. Two of the three--Nicolaus Copernicus and Charles Darwin--are widely heralded for their breakthroughs. The third, James Hutton, is comparatively unknown, yet he profoundly changed our understanding of the earth, its age, and its dynamic forces. A Scottish gentleman farmer, Hutton's observations on his small tract of land led him to a theory that directly contradicted biblical claims that the Earth was only 6,000 years old. This expertly crafted narrative tells the story not only of Hutton, but also of S.

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nlarason Sep 06, 2013

I found this to be an absolutley awesome read. I love this book.

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Nov 08, 2011

I really wanted to like this book, but the writing and story-telling left me a little cold. A fascinating time period of minds and thinking, but just a light read in the end.

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