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The Culture Of English Geology 1815 1851

Author : Simon J. Knell
ISBN : 1840146257
Genre : History
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An examination of the development of geology collections in the first half of the 19th century. It investigates the social motives of science and demonstrates that these, as much as any wish to pursue natural knowledge, determined what geology became, the process by which it evolved and those who participated. From individual collector, through evolving curatorial profession and provincial philosopher, to government-funded science, this is a story of financial imperatives, cultural supremacy, of a striving for immortality and for social progression. It begins by constructing a social setting for the phase of collecting and museum building which swept through the western world in the 1820s, and demonstrates how, within a relatively short time, this museum movement declined, to be replaced by local government funded museums and a new wave of field clubs.
Category: History

Whatever Is Under The Earth The Geological Society Of London 1807 2007

Author : G. L. Herries Davies
ISBN : 1862392145
Genre : Science
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The Geological Society has much to be proud of in its two hundred years of history. Not only is it the oldest society of its kind in the world, but it has also seen many of the important developments in the science played out within its premises. Gordon Herries Davies has expertly and entertainingly laid out this narrative for us, steering a skilful course between the necessary facts and the anecdotes that bring these facts alive. Institutional histories can be dull affairs - a litany of minutes and memoranda - but this history suffers from no such problem. This book will appeal to the historian of science, geoscientists in all branches of the subject and anyone with an interest in the development of scientific ideas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Category: Science

Tennyson And Geology

Author : Michelle Geric
ISBN : 9783319661100
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book offers new interpretations of Tennyson’s major poems along-side contemporary geology, and specifically Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology (1830-3). Employing various approaches – from close readings of both the poetic and geological texts, historical contextualisation and the application of Bakhtin’s concept of dialogism – the book demonstrates not only the significance of geology for Tennyson’s poetry, but the vital import of Tennyson’s poetics in explicating the implications of geology for the nineteenth century and beyond. Gender ideologies in The Princess (1847) are read via High Miller’s geology, while the writings of Lyell and other contemporary geologist, comparative anatomists and language theorists are examined along-side In Memoriam (1851) and Maud (1855). The book argues that Tennyson’s experimentation with Lyell’s geology produced a remarkable ‘uniformitarian’ poetics that is best understood via Bakhtinian theory; a poetics that reveals the seminal role methodologies in geology played in the development of divisions between science and culture, and that also, quite profoundly, anticipates the crisis in language later associated with the linguistic turn of the twentieth century.
Category: Literary Criticism

Scientists And Swindlers

Author : Paul Lucier
ISBN : 1421402858
Genre : Science
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This sweeping narrative enriches our understanding of how the rocks beneath our feet became invaluable resources for science, technology, and industry.
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Charles Darwin Geologist

Author : Sandra Herbert
ISBN : 0801443482
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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. (Only one part of his scheme has survived in close to the form in which he imagined it: a theory explaining the structure and distribution of coral reefs.) Darwin collected geological specimens and took extensive notes on geology during all of his travels. His grand adventure as a geologist took place during the circumnavigation of the earth by H.M.S. Beagle (1831-1836)--the same voyage that informed his magnum opus, On the Origin of Species. Upon his return to England it was his geological findings that first excited scientific and public opinion. Geologists, including Darwin's former teachers, proved a receptive audience, the British government sponsored publication of his research, and the general public welcomed his discoveries about the earth's crust. Because of ill health, Darwin's years as a geological traveler ended much too soon: his last major geological fieldwork took place in Wales when he was only thirty-three. However, the experience had been transformative: the methods and hypotheses of Victorian-era geology, Herbert suggests, profoundly shaped Darwin's mind and his scientific methods as he worked toward a full-blown understanding of evolution and natural selection. --Choice, January 2006
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Great Fossil Enigma

Author : Simon J. Knell
ISBN : 9780253006042
Genre : Science
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Stephen Jay Gould borrowed from Winston Churchill when he described the conodont animal as a "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." This animal confounded science for more than a century. Some thought it a slug, others a fish, a worm, a plant, even a primitive ancestor of ourselves. The list of possibilities grew and yet an answer to the riddle never seemed any nearer. Would the animal that left behind these miniscule fossils known as conodonts ever be identified? Three times the animal was "found," but each was quite a different animal. Were any of them really the one? Simon J. Knell takes the reader on a journey through 150 years of scientific thinking, imagining, and arguing. Slowly the animal begins to reveal traces of itself: its lifestyle, its remarkable evolution, its witnessing of great catastrophes, its movements over the surface of the planet, and finally its anatomy. Today the conodont animal remains perhaps the most disputed creature in the zoological world.
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The Age Of The Earth

Author : Geological Society of London
ISBN : UCSD:31822031188444
Genre : Science
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Earth Sciences History

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ISBN : UCSD:31822009263641
Genre : Earth sciences
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Romantic Landscapes

Author : Dennis R. Dean
ISBN : UOM:39015073942057
Genre : Architecture
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Category: Architecture

New Scientist

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ISBN : UOM:39015053986397
Genre : Science
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Royal Historical Society Annual Bibliography Of British And Irish History

Author : Austin Gee
ISBN : 0199249172
Genre : History
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The Royal Historical Society's Annual Bibliography of British and Irish History provides a comprehensive and authoritative survey of books and articles published in a single calendar year. It covers all periods of British anbd Irish history from Roman Britain to the end of the twentieth century, and also includes a section on imperial and commonweatlh history. It is the most complete and up-to-date bibliography of its type, and an indispensable tool for historians.
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ISBN : UOM:39015056618419
Genre : Geology
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Author : John L. Morton
ISBN : UCSD:31822031085327
Genre : History
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The extraordinary story of an eighteenth century blacksmith's son who changed the face of science
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Book Review Index 2004 Cumulation

Author : Dana Ferguson
ISBN : 0787666890
Genre : Literary Criticism
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'Book Review Index' provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. More than 600 publications are indexed, including journals and national general interest publications and newspapers. 'Book Review Index' is available in a three-issue subscription covering the current year or as an annual cumulation covering the past year.
Category: Literary Criticism