Burchfield charts the enormous impact made by Lord Kelvin's application of thermodynamic laws to the question of the earth's age and the heated debate his ideas sparked among British Victorian physicists, astronomers, geologists, and biologists.
"Anyone interested in geologic time, and that should include all geologists and a fair smattering of biologists, physicists and chemists, should make Burchfield's commendable and time-tested volume part of their personal library"--Brent Darymple, "Quartely Review of Biology"
|Introduction Historical Background Measuring the Age of the Earth References|
|Kelvin and the Physics of Time Preliminary Speculations Time and Thermodynamics The Later Arguments The Age of the Earth and the Laws of Nature References|
|Kelvin's Influence: The Initial Reception Converts and Opponents Kelvin, Darwin, and Wallace The Kelvin-Huxley Debate References|
|The Triumph of Limited Time Geology and the Measurement of Time Physics and the Limitation of Time References|
|Opposition and Controversy Growing Discontent The Challenge The Loyal Opposition A Biological Postscript References|
|Radioactivity and the Age of the Earth Kelvin Overthrown: Radioactive Heating Radioactive Dating Geological Reaction The Expansion of the Time Scale The Report of the National Research Council|
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Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st January 1975
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition