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The Chronologers' Quest: The Search for the Age of the Earth

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The debate over the age of the Earth has been ongoing for over two thousand years, and has pitted physicists and astronomers against biologists, religious philosophers against geologists. The Chronologers' Quest tells the fascinating story of our attempts to determine the age of the Earth. This book investigates the many novel methods used in the search for the Earth's age, from James Ussher and John Lightfoot examining biblical chronologies, Comte de Buffon and Lord Kelvin determining the length of time for the cooling of the Earth, to the more recent investigations of Arthur Holmes and Clair Patterson into radioactive dating of rocks and meteorites. The Chronologers' Quest is a readable account of the measurement of geological time. It will be of great interest to a wide range of readers, from those with little scientific background, to students and scientists in a wide range of the earth sciences.

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Biblical chronologies, the cooling rate of the Earth, rates of erosion and the thickness of sedimentary rocks, the saltiness of the oceans, the radioactivity of the rocks, and the constituents of the Moon and meteorites are among the evidence that Jackson (geology, Trinity College, Dublin) describes people using through the years to estimate the age of the planet. Chapter-specific bibliographic essays identify sources and suggest further reading. He writes for general readers.
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Biblical chronologies, the cooling rate of the Earth, rates of erosion and the thickness of sedimentary rocks, the saltiness of the oceans, the radioactivity of the rocks, and the constituents of the Moon and meteorites are among the evidence that Jackson (geology, Trinity College, Dublin) describes people using through the years to estimate the age of the planet. Chapter-specific bibliographic essays identify sources and suggest further reading. He writes for general readers. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The Chronologers' Quest tells the fascinating story of our attempts to determine the age of the Earth. It investigates the many novel methods used in the search for the Earth's age, from James Ussher and John Lightfoot examining biblical chronologies, to Arthur Holmes and Clair Patterson exploring the radioactive dating of rocks and meteorites. This book will be of great interest to a wide range of readers, from those with little scientific background, to students and scientists in a wide range of the earth sciences.

Synopsis:

This book investigates the methods used to determine the Earth's age, from James Ussher and John Lightfoot examining biblical chronologies, to Arthur Holmes and Clair Patterson investigating radioactive dating of rocks. It will be of interest to those with little scientific background, and students and scientists in the earth sciences.

Synopsis:

Jackson investigates the methods used to determine the Earth's age from thosewith little scientific background to scientists in earth sciences.

About the Author

Patrick Wyse Jackson is a lecturer in Geology and curator of the Geological Museum in Trinity College, Dublin, and is a member of the International Commission on the History of Geology.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Preface; Acknowldegements; 1. The ancients: early chronologies; 2. Biblical calculations; 3. Models of Aristolean infinity and Sacred theories of the Earth; 4. Falling stones, salty oceans, and evaporating waters: early empirical measurements of the age of the Earth; 5. Thinking in layers: early ideas in stratigraphy; 6. An infinite and cyclical Earth and religious orthodoxy; 7. The cooling Earth; 8. Stratigraphic laws, uniformitarianism and the development of the geological column; 9. 'Formed stones' and their subsequent role in biostratigraphy and evolutionary theory; 10. The hour-glass of accumulated or denuded sediments; 11. Thermodynamics and the cooling Earth revisited; 12. Oceanic salination reconsidered; 13. Radioactivity: invisible geochronometers; 14. The universal problem and duck soup; Sources; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521813327
Author:
Jackson, Patrick Wyse
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Patrick N. Wyse Jackson
Author:
Wyse Jackson, Patrick N.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Earth
Subject:
Age
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Geochronometry.
Subject:
Geological time
Subject:
Geology-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
291
Dimensions:
8.98x6.28x.76 in. 1.38 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Chronologers' Quest tells the fascinating story of our attempts to determine the age of the Earth. It investigates the many novel methods used in the search for the Earth's age, from James Ussher and John Lightfoot examining biblical chronologies, to Arthur Holmes and Clair Patterson exploring the radioactive dating of rocks and meteorites. This book will be of great interest to a wide range of readers, from those with little scientific background, to students and scientists in a wide range of the earth sciences.
"Synopsis" by , This book investigates the methods used to determine the Earth's age, from James Ussher and John Lightfoot examining biblical chronologies, to Arthur Holmes and Clair Patterson investigating radioactive dating of rocks. It will be of interest to those with little scientific background, and students and scientists in the earth sciences.
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