Part I. Earth/History: 1. Introduction; 2. History and geology as ways of studying the past; 3. Kelvin and geological time; 4. Planetary science: from underground to underdog; Part II. Time and the Elements: 5. Cosmic evolution of matter; 6. Geochronology in the 20th century; 7. Stellar evolution and the origin of the elements.
Transmuted Past summarizes the attempts to estimate the age of the Earth during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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