Bursting the Limits of Time: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution

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E-Book Bursting the Limits of Time: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution This is a very well-researched (original scholarship) and detailed account of the origins of geology as a historical science between the late 1780s and the mid 1820s, by one of the foremost modern historians of geology. I found it extremely interesting. The book is divided into two almost equal parts; the first part describes the earth sciences of circa 1789; the second part is a historical narrative which follows the development of those sciences and their synthesis in the new science of geology, as a science of the history of the earth (as opposed to a descriptive science of the structure of the earth at the present time.)The author, Martin Rudwick, is a Christian, and has an axe to grind: one of his theses is that the historical nature of geology was derived from Christian Biblical traditions, in opposition to the "ahistorical" deists. This is notable mainly in the introduction and early chapters, especially in his unconcealed hostility to Hutton and his strong emphasis on the "Noachian Flood" theories of De Luc. But once Rudwick gets to Cuvier, the center and obvious "hero" of his narrative, the Christian bias is not really intrusive.There is a sequel, Worlds Before Adam, which brings the story from ca 1825 (the second edition of Cuvier's book of fossils) to the middle of the century, just before Darwin's Origin of Species, when geology assumed more or less the form it had up until the plate-tectonic revolution of the 1960s.. Bursting the Limits of Time: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution am Ebook In 1650, Archbishop James Ussher of Armagh joined the long running theological debate on the age of the earth by famously announcing that creation had occurred on October 23, 4004 B.C Although widely challenged during the Enlightenment, this belief in a six thousand year old planet was only laid to rest during a revolution of discovery in the late eighteenth and early ninIn 1650, Archbishop James Ussher of Armagh joined the long running theological debate on the age of the earth by famously announcing that creation had occurred on October 23, 4004 B.C Although widely challenged during the Enlightenment, this belief in a six thousand year old planet was only laid to rest during a revolution of discovery in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries In this relatively brief period, geologists reconstructed the immensely long history of the earth and the relatively recent arrival of human life Highlighting a discovery that radically altered existing perceptions of a human s place in the universe as much as the theories of Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud did, Bursting the Limits of Time is a herculean effort by one of the world s foremost experts on the history of geology and paleontology to sketch this historicization of the natural world in the age of revolution.Addressing this intellectual revolution for the first time, Rudwick examines the ideas and practices of earth scientists throughout the Western world to show how the story of what we now call deep time was pieced together He explores who was responsible for the discovery of the earth s history, refutes the concept of a rift between science and religion in dating the earth, and details how the study of the history of the earth helped define a new branch of science called geology Rooting his analysis in a detailed study of primary sources, Rudwick emphasizes the lasting importance of field and museum based research of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.Bursting the Limits of Time, the culmination of than three decades of research, is the first detailed account of this monumental phase in the history of science.. Martin J.S. Rudwick Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Bursting the Limits of Time: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution book, this is one of the most wanted Martin J.S. Rudwick author readers around the world. . Bestseller Ebook Bursting the Limits of Time: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution Bursting the Limits of Time is a rather large book focusing on a rather narrow topic--the development of the science of geology between the years 1789-1823. Beginning with Saussure's ascent of Mont Blanc and ending with Buckland's reconstruction of the geohistory of Kirkdale cave, Rudwick maps out the paradigmatic shifts that occurred throughout the European intellectual community that lead to the development of geology as a recognizable science. The book is divided into synchronic and diachronic halves. The first part of the book describes the existing "earth studies" that existed in 1789, including mineralogy, physical geography, geognosy (the study of underground structures), and earth physics. Rudwick carefully describes the methodology and goals of each of these fields of study. The second half of the book focuses on how these four different types of investigations morphed and combined into an earth science that could be properly called geology. Rudwick works to avoid anachronism in his discussions. For instance, those investigating these various earth sciences prior to the rise of geology are referred to as 'savants' not 'scientists.' Rudwick appears to have a particular problem with other historians simplifying the religion versus science debates of the day and often accuses other historians of projecting modern fundamentalist beliefs onto historical figures. There are numerous interesting tidbits throughout the book. Extinction was not a phenomenon recognized by many intellectuals of the time. For instance, Thomas Jefferson believed that the fossils referred to as the Ohio animal (now recognized as a mastodon) might be the remains of animals still roaming wild in the unexplored parts of the American continent. Fossils themselves were typically studied by mineralogists--since they were a type of stone--and not commonly studied by biologists. Overall, Bursting the Limits of Time is an interesting book to anyone interested in the history of ideas or science. A knowledge of geology or the history of geology is helpful but not required.
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  1. Martin J.S. Rudwick Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Bursting the Limits of Time: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution book, this is one of the most wanted Martin J.S. Rudwick author readers around the world.

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  1. Bursting the Limits of Time is a rather large book focusing on a rather narrow topic the development of the science of geology between the years 1789 1823 Beginning with Saussure s ascent of Mont Blanc and ending with Buckland s reconstruction of the geohistory of Kirkdale cave, Rudwick maps out the paradigmatic shifts that occurred throughout the European intellectual community that lead to the development of geology as a recognizable science The book is divided into synchronic and diachronic h [...]


  2. This is a very well researched original scholarship and detailed account of the origins of geology as a historical science between the late 1780s and the mid 1820s, by one of the foremost modern historians of geology I found it extremely interesting The book is divided into two almost equal parts the first part describes the earth sciences of circa 1789 the second part is a historical narrative which follows the development of those sciences and their synthesis in the new science of geology, as [...]



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