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New Ideas of Race: The Last of the Mohicans

Fiona J. Stafford

in The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112228
eISBN:
9780191670718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112228.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Mythology and Folklore

James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans (1826), is an important expression of the myth of the last of the race not merely for its popularity or influence, but because it was the first novel ... More


What Can the Field of Linguistics Tell Us About the Origins of Language?

Frederick J. Newmeyer

in Language Evolution

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199244843
eISBN:
9780191715167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244843.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter argues that researchers in linguistics have been slow to join the resurgence of interest in the evolution of language. Part of the reason may be that linguists are not in agreement about ... 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


A Great Mistake Has Been Made

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/9780231164481.003.0002
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter examines scientific ideas that led to the theory of deep time, with particular emphasis on the work of William Thomson, later Lord Kelvin. Kelvin used the laws of physics to reject ... More


From Heresy to Truth

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/9780231164481.003.0036
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This book has taken a historical look at deep time, continental drift, meteorite impact, and global warming and how each of them overcame accusations of being heretic and eventually became accepted ... More


Schisms

Nasser Zakariya

in A Final Story: Science, Myth, and Beginnings

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226476124
eISBN:
9780226500737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Helmholtz articulates a final story on the basis of the new thermodynamics, examined in relation to the change of organic forms, energy and entropy. He recasts this as a synthesis of thermodynamics ... More


Studying Dry Land with a Maritime Perspective

Alistair Sponsel

in Darwin's Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226523118
eISBN:
9780226523255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226523255.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter argues that Darwin’s theoretical insights on the geology and paleontology of South America were made possible by his experience with maritime surveying on the continent’s Atlantic and ... More


Darwin’s Audacity, Lyell’s Choreography

Alistair Sponsel

in Darwin's Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226523118
eISBN:
9780226523255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226523255.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter reveals the dazzling strategy underlying the content and presentation of Darwin’s 1837 Geological Society paper on the formation of coral reefs. While the paper might appear in ... More


The Quality of the Archaeological Record

Charles Perreault

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226630823
eISBN:
9780226631011
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226631011.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Archaeologists routinely interpret the archaeological record in terms of microscale processes – individual-level processes that operate within the human lifespan. In embracing this goal, ... More


Breaking down false barriers to understanding

Luc Steels

in The Social Origins of Language

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199665327
eISBN:
9780191779725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665327.003.0024
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter argues that there are four dichotomies underlying contemporary linguistics which are getting in the way of developing adequate theories of language evolution, namely the distinction ... More


Archaeology and Underdetermination

Charles Perreault

in The Quality of the Archaeological Record

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226630823
eISBN:
9780226631011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226631011.003.0006
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter examines whether the current research program of the discipline matches the quality of the archaeological record and argues that most processes studied by archaeologists operate over a ... More


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