The Sacred Theory of the Earth

In which are Set Forth the Wisdom of God Displayed in the Works of the Creation, Salvation, and Consummation of All Things ...

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Author: Thomas Burnet

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cosmogony

Page: 716

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The sacred theory of the earth: containing an account of the original of the Earth, ... In two volumes. The two first books concerning the deluge, and concerning paradise. The two last books concerning the burning of the world, and concerning the new heavens and new earth. With a Review of the theory, ... The fifth edition. To which is added, the author's defence of the work, from the exceptions of Mr. Warren, and the examination of Mr. Keil. And an ode to the author by Mr. Addison

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Author: Thomas Burnet

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Creation

Page: N.A

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Mountains of the Mind

Adventures in Reaching the Summit

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Author: Robert Macfarlane

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307538635

Category: Nature

Page: 324

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The basis for the new documentary film, Mountain: A Breathtaking Voyage into the Extreme. Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, Robert McFarlane reveals how the mystery of the world’s highest places has came to grip the Western imagination—and perennially draws legions of adventurers up the most perilous slopes. His story begins three centuries ago, when mountains were feared as the forbidding abodes of dragons and other mysterious beasts. In the mid-1700s the attentions of both science and poetry sparked a passion for mountains; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron extolled the sublime experiences to be had on high; and by 1924 the death on Mt Everest of an Englishman named George Mallory came to symbolize the heroic ideals of his day. Macfarlane also reflects on fear, risk, and the shattering beauty of ice and snow, the competition and contemplation of the climb, and the strange alternate reality of high altitude, magically enveloping us in the allure of mountains at every level.

The World in a Crucible

Laboratory Practice and Geological Theory at the Beginning of Geology

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Author: Sally Newcomb

Publisher: Geological Society of America

ISBN: 081372449X

Category: Science

Page: 204

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Geology coalesced as a discipline in the early part of the nineteenth century, with the coming together of many strands of investigation and thought. The theme of experimentation and/or instrument-aided observation is absent from most recent accounts of that time, which rely on an admixture of theory and field observations, informed by close examination of minerals. James Hutton emerged as the person who had it right with suggestion of a central heat source for Earth, while Abraham Gottlob Werner and his Neptunist supporters were derided as being blinded by overarching belief, as opposed to sober application of observed facts. However, despite several claims that Hutton had won the day, primary literature from both England and the Continent reveals that the question was by no means settled for decades after Hutton derided information derived from "looking into a little crucible." This Special Paper makes the case that it was just those parameters of heat, pressure, solution, and composition discovered in the laboratory that prevented resolution of the overriding questions about rock origin.

Earth's Deep History

How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters

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Author: Martin J. S. Rudwick

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022620409X

Category: Science

Page: 392

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Earth has been witness to mammoths and dinosaurs, global ice ages, continents colliding or splitting apart, and comets and asteroids crashing catastrophically to the surface, as well as the birth of humans who are curious to understand it. But how was all this discovered? How was the evidence for it collected and interpreted? And what kinds of people have sought to reconstruct this past that no human witnessed or recorded? In this sweeping and accessible book, Martin J. S. Rudwick, the premier historian of the Earth sciences, tells the gripping human story of the gradual realization that the Earth’s history has not only been unimaginably long but also astonishingly eventful. Rudwick begins in the seventeenth century with Archbishop James Ussher, who famously dated the creation of the cosmos to 4004 BC. His narrative later turns to the crucial period of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when inquisitive intellectuals, who came to call themselves “geologists,” began to interpret rocks and fossils, mountains and volcanoes, as natural archives of Earth’s history. He then shows how this geological evidence was used—and is still being used—to reconstruct a history of the Earth that is as varied and unpredictable as human history itself. Along the way, Rudwick rejects the popular view of this story as a conflict between science and religion and shows how the modern scientific account of the Earth’s deep history retains strong roots in Judaeo-Christian ideas. Extensively illustrated, Earth’s Deep History is an engaging and impressive capstone to Rudwick’s distinguished career. Though the story of the Earth is inconceivable in length, Rudwick moves with grace from the earliest imaginings of our planet’s deep past to today’s scientific discoveries, proving that this is a tale at once timeless and timely.

The Abyss of Time

Unraveling the Mystery of the Earth's Age

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Author: Claude C., Jr. Albritton

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486151166

Category: Science

Page: 256

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Accessible, entertaining work addresses Earth's age as it explores the work of Hooke, Buffon, Lyell, Cuvier, Darwin, Agassiz, and others, detailing discoveries that led to knowledge of Earth's astonishing antiquity. 29 black-and-white illustrations.

The Books of Nature and Scripture

Recent Essays on Natural Philosophy, Theology and Biblical Criticism in the Netherlands of Spinoza’s Time and the British Isles of Newton’s Time

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Author: J.E. Force,R.H. Popkin

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401732493

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

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Dick Popkin and James Force have attended a number of recent conferences where it was apparent that much new and important research was being done in the fields of interpreting Newton's and Spinoza's contributions as biblical scholars and of the relationship between their biblical scholarship and other aspects of their particular philosophies. This collection represents the best current research in this area. It stands alone as the only work to bring together the best current work on these topics. Its primary audience is specialised scholars of the thought of Newton and Spinoza as well as historians of the philosophical ideas of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.