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Principles of Geology

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ISBN-10: 014043528X

ISBN-13: 9780140435283

Edition: 1997 (Abridged)

Authors: Charles Lyell, James A. Secord, James A. Secord, James A. Secord

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A hugely ambitious attempt to forge links between observable causes and the current state of the Earth, Lyell's Principles proved crucial in the long-running dispute between science and scripture. It is now seen as a masterpiece of the Victorian era.
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.04" wide x 7.83" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Lyell was born in Kinnordy, Scotland. His father was a naturalist, and Lyell grew up surrounded by books on natural history, geology, and other sciences. He entered Oxford University at the age of 19 after a boarding-school education that was periodically interrupted by poor health. There his interest in geology was heightened. Although he studied law, he gave up legal work to study rocks and fossils. His contribution to geology is twofold. First, he showed that the earth is constantly changing, not by a series of worldwide catastrophes followed by new creations, but by slow, gradual processes. Like James Hutton, he believed and taught that present-day processes were the ones that shaped…