- Tapa blanda: 732 páginas
- Editor: University of Chicago Press; Edición: New ed (1 de diciembre de 2005)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0226731138
- ISBN-13: 978-0226731131
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Bursting the Limits of Time: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Revolution (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 dic 2005
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"Bursting the Limits of Time is a massive work and is quite simply a master-piece of science history.... The book should be obligatory for every geology and history of science library, and is a highly recommended companion for every civilized geologist who can carry an extra 2.4 kg in his rucksack." - Stephen Moorbath, Nature "To describe Rudwick as 'scholarly' is rather like describing Mozart as 'musically talented.' He is omniscient, and it's greatly to be wished that this book becomes known beyond the ranks of historians of the recondite." - Richard Fortey, London Review of Books"
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During a revolution of discovery in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, geologists reconstructed the immensely long history of the earth - and the relatively recent arrival of human life. Bursting the Limits of Time is a herculean effort by one of the world's foremost experts on the history of geology and paleontology to illuminate this scientific breakthrough that radically altered existing perceptions of a human's place in the universe as much as the theories of Copernicus and Darwin did. Rudwick examines here the ideas and practices of earth scientists throughout the Western world to show how the story of what we now call "deep time" was pieced together. He explores who was responsible for the discovery of the earth's history, refutes the concept of a rift between science and religion in dating the earth, and details how the study of the history of the earth helped define a new branch of science called geology. "Bursting the Limits of Time" is the first detailed account of this monumental phase in the history of science.Ver Descripción del producto
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In 1793 savant Jean-Andre de Luc stated "I do not believe I should be accused of longueur, by those who recognize that I am here tracing - from its monuments - the fundamental basis of the ancient history of Men, since it concerns their habitation". Author Martin Rudwick comments that "after a good start [de Luc] soon relapsed into his customary verbosity". In fairness after these 708 and 614 page tomes, Rudwick is in no position to thus accuse anyone. De Luc went on to discuss erratic boulders perched high on hills and across plains; lakes acting as natural `chronometers' as they had not yet been silted up by incoming sediment; and subterranean caverns which opened to contain the water required to reduce sea level at various geological times; and so on.
Books like these are rare. For those who want an escape from professional work, family, politics, or the stock exchange these are the ticket. An escape to the intellectual world of 1789 - 1823 and 1820 - 1845 respectively. Absorbed in the historical geological debate with the `savants' of the day we can feel, with the benefit of hindsight, either how hopelessly wrong or spectacularly correct the intellectual speculation can be about honest observations.
These are not books to be read rapidly like a novel. They are an escape to ponder 10 - 15 pages at a time whenever possible, hoping never to come to the end. They allow the reader to live the discovery of geology. We can wonder how and why the author devoted so much time to produce the two tomes. But it was not in vain. Often scientists who achieve breakthroughs personally engender a school of acolytes who develop the new field further.The reason is that learning from a master shows how a discovery was made not just what the discovery was. Perhaps Rudwick's books do this for geology - we understand how the field developed not just the bare results.
The book is the first volume of a two-volume set, the other being "Worlds Before Adam" which I am reviewing separately.