Thomas Burnet

(1635—1715) natural philosopher and headmaster

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A natural philosopher whose Sacred Theory of the Earth (1680, 1689) was an early diluvialist work. He tried to correlate the seven days of creation with Earth history, describing the Earth as a giant shell from which flood waters gushed when it was broken by God in the Deluge. The broken fragments of the crust formed mountains. See diluvialism.

Subjects: Science and Mathematics — Philosophy.

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