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Fictions of a Former World

Adelene Buckland

in Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226079684
eISBN:
9780226923635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226923635.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Richard Owen's entry into the Geological Society of London sparked an interest and excitement in him. His wife, Caroline, wrote in her journal about Owen's witnessing interest of leading geologists ... More


The Abyss of Time

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter traces the roots of the idea of deep time, one of the most fundamental and surprising discoveries about the Earth during the twentieth century. In September 1846, William Thomson, then ... More


The Environmental Historiography of Britain*

T. C. Smout

in Exploring Environmental History: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635139
eISBN:
9780748651375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635139.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on how the British came to understand that the environment had a history. The British discovered environmental history during the Enlightenment. As good a date as any to start is ... More


Time In The Land

Thomas M. Allen

in A Republic in Time: Temporality and Social Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831793
eISBN:
9781469603827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807868171_allen.8
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter focuses on the revolutions in natural time that took place in the nineteenth century. It examines how the expansion of the temporal scale in the nineteenth century by major developments ... More


Stephen Jay Gould’s Books: The Balanced Sublime

Alan G. Gross

in The Scientific Sublime: Popular Science Unravels the Mysteries of the Universe

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780190637774
eISBN:
9780197559727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190637774.003.0013
Subject:
Education, Teaching of a Specific Subject

In questioning the millennium, Stephen Jay Gould tells the story of an autistic child, a mentally challenged young man who nevertheless can tell in a flash the day you were born given the date you ... More


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