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Introduction

in Worlds Before Adam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780226731285
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226731308 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.003.0001
Introduction

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The present volume is a sequel to Bursting the Limits of Time, which traced the gradual development of the practice of geohistory within the sciences of the earth. This introductory chapter presents a comparison of Bursting the Limits of Time and the present volume. This book takes as its starting point the sense that the earth's deep or prehuman geohistory could in principle be reconstructed almost as reliably as, say, the history of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The narrative focuses on what geologists discovered as they deployed their virtual time-machine, and spans the quarter-century from about 1820 to about 1845. Put another way, it starts in the aftermath of the Napoleonic era in European history, and extends into the earliest years of Britain's Victorian age and equivalent phases in the history of other nations. Apart from the period it covers, however, the book adopts much the same parameters as Bursting the Limits of Time.

Keywords: earth science; geohistory; Bursting the Limits

Chapter.  4317 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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