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The Resource Thinking about the earth : a history of ideas in geology, David R. Oldroyd

Thinking about the earth : a history of ideas in geology, David R. Oldroyd

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Thinking about the earth : a history of ideas in geology
Title
Thinking about the earth
Title remainder
a history of ideas in geology
Statement of responsibility
David R. Oldroyd
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Language
eng
Summary
"Thinking about the Earth is a history from Antiquity to the present of ideas about the planet on which we live. Not a history of geology, it instead recounts the geological tradition of Western science, beginning with the organic earth-views of the earliest cultures and ending with the Gaia hypothesis advanced by Lovelock. After a survey of topics ranging from the mythopoetic, mechanical, and historicist views of the earth - from early maps and other representations of the earth to modern seismology and geochemistry - Oldroyd returns us to the idea that our water planet may in a sense be regarded as a living entity, or at least that life is an essential feature of its behavior. If the history of ideas about the earth can teach us one thing, Oldroyd argues, it is that interpretations are constantly changing. To suppose that interpretations currently in favor will stand for all time is, he says, an act of hubris."--Jacket
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Oldroyd, D. R.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QE11
LC item number
.O43 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in the history and philosophy of the earth sciences
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Geology
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Thinking about the earth : a history of ideas in geology, David R. Oldroyd
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [349]-386) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33947007
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxx, 410 pages
Isbn
9780674883826
Lccn
95048234
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Thinking about the earth : a history of ideas in geology, David R. Oldroyd
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [349]-386) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33947007
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxx, 410 pages
Isbn
9780674883826
Lccn
95048234
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

Library Locations

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