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Charles Darwin, Geologist
Author: Sandra Herbert

ISBN: 9780801443480
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 17 December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 3.81
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"Pleasure of imagination. . . . I a geologist have illdefined notion of land covered with ocean, former animals, slow force cracking surface &c truly poetical."-from Charles Darwin's Notebook M, 1838

The early nineteenth century was a golden age for the study of geology. New discoveries in the field were greeted with the same enthusiasm reserved today for advances in the biomedical sciences. In her long-awaited account of Charles Darwin's intellectual development, Sandra Herbert focuses on his geological training, research, and thought, asking both how geology influenced Darwin and how Darwin influenced the science. Elegantly written, extensively illustrated, and informed by the author's prodigious research in Darwin's papers and in the nineteenth-century history of earth sciences, Charles Darwin, Geologist provides a fresh perspective on the life and accomplishments of this exemplary thinker.

As Herbert reveals, Darwin's great ambition as a young scientist-one he only partially realized-was to create a "simple" geology based on movements of the earth's crust....

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