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  • ISBN: 9780226469478
  • ISBN10: 0226469476

From Mineralogy to Geology the Foundations of a Science, 1650-1830

by Rachel Laudan

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 12/01/1993
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Description: List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgments 1. The Conceptual Foundations of Geology The aims of geology: Causal and historical The methods of geology The theories of geology The aims of history of science 2. Mineralogy and Cosmogony in the Late Seventeenth Century Mineralogical "common sense" in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Minerals and basic ontologies Chemical theories of mineralogy Mechanical theories of mineralogy Histories of the earth The evidence Physical cosmogonies Chemical cosmogonies 3. The Becher-Stahl School of Mineralogy and Cosmogony, 1700-1780 The institutional support for chemical mineralogy Advances in mineralogy The rocks The ocean The differentiation of the earths The causes of consolidation Eighteenth-century chemical cosmogonies Eighteenth-century physical cosmogonies 4. The Botanical Model Rejected The botanical model The botanical model applied The botanical model extended The botanical model rejected Identification versus classification The taxonomy of rocks and fossils Classification and the stages of scientific development 5. Werner and the "School of Freiberg" Werner's account of earth history Formations: Time is of the essence The Wernerian radiation 6. The Huttonian Alternative The Huttonian theory of the earth The immediate reaction The background to Hutton's theory Later modifications of Hutton's theory of consolidation Hutton's impact on geology 7. Historical Geology Formations: The key concept of historical geology The correlation of formations Reconstructing the earth's history The Wernerian radiation: A pre-Lyellian synthesis 8. Wernerian Causal Geology Wernerian theories of elevation lie de Beaumont's synthesis 9. Lyell's Geological Logic Lyell and Hutton Thevera causaprinciple and uniformitarian geology Lyell's theory of the earth Lyell'svera causatheory of climatic change Lyell's theory of elevation Lyell's impact 10. Postscript Notes Bibliography Index
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