List of illustrations; List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The ancients: early chronologies; 2. Biblical calculations; 3. Models of Aristolean infinity and sacred theories of the Earth; 4. Falling stones, salty oceans, and evaporating waters: early empirical measurements of the age of the Earth; 5. Thinking in layers: early ideas in stratigraphy; 6. An infinite and cyclical Earth and religious orthodoxy; 7. The cooling Earth; 8. Stratigraphic laws, uniformitarianism and the development of the geological column; 9. 'Formed stones' and their subsequent role in biostratigraphy and evolutionary theory; 10. The hour-glass of accumulated or denuded sediments; 11. Thermodynamics and the cooling Earth revisited; 12. Oceanic salination reconsidered; 13. Radioactivity: invisible geochronometers; 14. The universal problem and duck soup; Sources; Index.
Patrick Wyse Jackson is a lecturer in Geology and curator of the Geological Museum in Trinity College, Dublin, and is a member of the International Commission on the History of Geology.
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