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Principles of Geology (Penguin Classics)

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

According to Charles Darwin, this book "altered the whole tone of one's mind... when seeing a thing never seen by Lyell, one yet saw it partially through his eyes". A hugely ambitious attempt to forge links between observable causes — earthquakes, tides, and storms — and the current state of the earth, Principles of Geology proved crucial in the long-running dispute between science and Scripture. Its clarity, broad sweep, and sheer intellectual passion caught the imagination of Melville, Emerson, and countless readers worldwide. This abridged edition consists largely of complete chapters (with all their illustrations) on topics that have attracted the most discussion: Charles Lyell's theoretical principles, analyses of evolution and ecological issues, and novel techniques for reconstructing the past.

Synopsis:

Influencing Darwin, Tennyson and Dickens among others, Lyell's "Principles" was an ambitious attempt to forge links between observable causes - volcanoes, earthquakes, rivers, tides and storms - and the current state of the earth. This edition has an introduction by Jim Secord.

Table of Contents

Edited with an Introduction by James A. Secord

Numbers in italics refer to chapters included only as summaries or in brief extracts

List of Illustrations

Introduction

Further Reading

A Note on This Edition

Volume I (1830)

1: Objects and Nature of Geology

2-4: Historical Sketch of the Progress of Geology

5: Theoretical Errors which have Retarded the Progress of Geology

6: Assumed Discordance of the Ancient and Existing Causes of Change Controverted - Climate

7: Climate, continued

8: Climate, continued

9. Theory of the Progressive Development of Organic Life

10-17: Aqueous Causes

18-22: Igneous Causes

23-24: Earthquakes and their Effects

25: Earthquakes, continued - Temple of Serapis

26. Causes of Earthquakes and Volcanos

Volume II (1832)

1: Changes of the Organic World - Reality of Species

2: Theory of the Transmutation of Species Untenable

3: Limits of the Variability of Species

4: Hybrids

5-7: Geographical Distribution of Species

8: Changes in the Animate World, which Tend to the Extinction of Species

9: Changes in the Animate World, which Tend to the Extinction of Species, continued

10: Changes in the Inorganic World, Tending to the Extinction of Species

11: Whether the Extinction and Creation of Species Can Now be in Progress

12: Modifications in Physical Geography Caused by Plants, the Inferior Animals, and Man

13-16, 17: How the Remains of Man and his Works are becoming Fossil beneath the Waters

18: Corals and Coral Reefs

Volume III (1833)

1: Methods of Theorizing in Geology

2: General Arrangement of the Materials Composing the Earth's Crust

3: Different Circumstances under which the Secondary and Tertiary Formations may have Originated

4: Determination of the Relative Ages of Rocks

5: Classification of Tertiary Formations in Chronological Order

6-7: Newer Pliocene Formations - Sicily

8: Rocks of the Same Age in Etna

9: Origin of the Newer Pliocene Strata of Sicily

10-26: Former Changes of the Earth's Surface

Concluding Remarks

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography of Reviews

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140435283
Author:
Secord, James A.
Editor and Introduction:
Secord, James A.
Editor:
Secord, James A.
Author:
Secord, James A.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Earth Sciences - General
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Geology-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Abridged:
Y
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
7.88x5.08x1.25 in. .92 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Influencing Darwin, Tennyson and Dickens among others, Lyell's "Principles" was an ambitious attempt to forge links between observable causes - volcanoes, earthquakes, rivers, tides and storms - and the current state of the earth. This edition has an introduction by Jim Secord.
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