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Great Geological Controversies : Oxford Science Pubns - A. Hallam

Great Geological Controversies

Oxford Science Pubns

By: A. Hallam

Paperback Published: 18th January 1990
ISBN: 9780198582199
Number Of Pages: 256

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Here is a new edition of a widely acclaimed account of the most celebrated controversies in the history of geology--a book that covers many of the most important ideas that have emerged since the birth of the science. Among the great debates described here are those involving catastrophe theory, uniformitarianism, the discovery of the Ice Age, speculation concerning the age of the earth, and the advent of new ideas on plate tectonics and continental drift. In presenting these key topics, the author opens the fascinating history of geology to a wide audience. Frequently citing original sources, the author gives readers a sense of the colorful and at times immensely entertaining language of scientific discourse. This edition includes a new chapter on the emergence of stratigraphy in the nineteenth century, focusing on controversies surrounding the Cambrian-Silurian and Devonian. Another new chapter reviews the mass extinction theory, which is still hotly debated. Other chapters have been revised to reflect recent developments and changes in the field. Authoritative and highly readable, this unique work will interest all readers interested in the history of science and especially the origin of the prevailing ideas in geology today.

Industry Reviews

'approachable and rewarding' Times Higher Education Supplement 'a very useful book that deals well with its subject matter: so is well worth buying' Richard Wilding, Geology Today, Vol.6, No.3, May/June 1990 'Professor Hallam has done an excellent job in outlining and discussing seven of the major controversies that have at various times gripped the geological community ... he gives us a well balanced outline of the current state of play. This is a fascinating book which makes compulsive reading. It will strike chords in any active earth scientist. Since the principles thrashed out through these controversies undergird all present-day geology, not only is this book of direct relevance to working geologists today, but by helping to provide a clearer picture of the sometimes tortuous paths by which we reached our present understanding, it might even help prevent us trip over quite so many boulders on our path ahead. It might also induce a little more humility in us as we look back on the vigour with which our predecessors tackled major intellectual obstacles on uncharted ground.' Robert S. White, University of Cambridge, Geological Magazine 127 (6) 1990 'one of the best short books available in this valuable discipline.'J. Whitaker, Geology Today. From reviews of the first edition: '[A] spirited, highly recommended account.' New Scientist 'A book of value and interest to all shades of earth scientists and it's a very good read.' Geological Magazine 'An impressively broad and lively demonstration of scholarship...a book of interest to geologists, other scientists, and the public.' Geology `.. a fine exposition of some of geology's major arguments of the past.' New Scientist 'delightfully readable text ... Hallam's easy mastery of the factual and often complex arguments is matched by his relation of events and personalities, for the scientists are stars as much as their discoveries ... a very welcome addition to the literature on the history of geology and may its well deserved popularity continue.' R.J.G. Savage, Archives of Natural History 18 (2):1991 'This is an elegant and excellently written book. The general reader interested in science and technology will find the book both entertaining and informative. For those who are students or professionals in the Earth Sciences it is essential reading.' Charles B. Officer, Earth-Science Reviews, 33 (1992) 'This is an elegant and excellently written book. The general reader interested in science and technology will find the book both entertaining and informative. For those who are students or professionals in the Earth Sciences it is essential reading.' Charles B. Officer, Earth-Science Reviews, 33 (1992) 'For Hallam's ... new chapter on "Mass extinctions", I have high praise. This is detailed and judicial. This is desirable reading ... for historians of geology and, indeed, for geologists at large.' W.A.S. Sarjeant, University of Saskatchewan, Geoscience Canada, Volume 19, Number 2, June 1992

Neptunists, vulcanists, and plutonists; Catastrophists and uniformitarians; The emergence of stratigraphy; The ice age; The age of the earth; Continental drift; Mass extinctions; General considerations; Index.

ISBN: 9780198582199
ISBN-10: 0198582196
Series: Oxford Science Pubns
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 18th January 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 14.94  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised