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Principles of Geology

By: Charles Lyell

472 pages, Illus

Penguin Books

Paperback | Jan 2012 | Edition: 2 | #70737 | ISBN-13: 9780140435283
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The founding text of geology.

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Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (1830-33) profoundly influenced Darwin as he voyaged on the Beagle and developed the theory of natural selection. A hugely ambitious attempt to forge links between observable causes - volcanoes, earthquakes, rivers, tides and storms - and the current state of the earth, the Principles proved crucial in the long-running dispute between science and Scripture. Its clarity, broad sweep, sheer intellectual passion and panache caught the imagination of Melville, Emerson, Tennyson and George Eliot as well as thousands of other readers all over the world. This abridged edition consists largely of complete chapters (with all their illustrations) on topics which have attracted the most discussion and debate, including Lyell's core theoretical principles, seminal analyses of evolution and ecological issues, and novel techniques for reconstructing the past. It thus makes freshly available one of the master works of the nineteenth century.
'(Principles of Geometry)altered the whole tone of one's mind . when seeing a thing never seen by Lyell, one yet saw it partially through his eyes'- Charles Darwin

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SIR CHARLES LYELL (1797-1875), British geologist. Lyell is most famous for his great geological opus: The Principles of Geology: Being an Attempt to Explain the Former Changes of the Earth's Surface, by Reference to Causes now in Operation (3 vols 1830-33).

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