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The Greywacke : How a Priest, a Soldier and a School Teacher Uncovered 300 Million Years of History

The Greywacke : How a Priest, a Soldier and a School Teacher Uncovered 300 Million Years of History

Publisher : Profile Books Ltd
SKU: 9781788163781
R 315,00
R 267,75
The story of three 19th-century geologists whose fraternal rivalry ended up rewriting the history of our planet.
'A joyful collision of science, history and nature writing' Helen Gordon, author of Notes from Deep Time Adam Sedgwick was a priest and scholar. Roderick Murchison was a retired soldier. Charles Lapworth was a schoolteacher. It was their personal and intellectual rivalry, pursued on treks through Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, Devon and parts of western Russia, that revealed the narrative structure of the Paleozoic Era, the 300-million-year period during which life on Earth became recognisably itself. Nick Davidson follows in their footsteps and draws on maps, diaries, letters, field notes and contemporary accounts to bring the ideas and characters alive. But this is more than a history of geology. As we travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain, it's a celebration of the sheer visceral pleasure generations of geologists have found, and continue to find, in noticing the earth beneath our feet.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781788163781
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Contributor By (author) Nick Davidson
Publication Date 2022-05-05
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 288
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 196 X 128 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 220
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'A joyful collision of science, history and nature writing' Helen Gordon, author of Notes from Deep Time Adam Sedgwick was a priest and scholar. Roderick Murchison was a retired soldier. Charles Lapworth was a schoolteacher. It was their personal and intellectual rivalry, pursued on treks through Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, Devon and parts of western Russia, that revealed the narrative structure of the Paleozoic Era, the 300-million-year period during which life on Earth became recognisably itself. Nick Davidson follows in their footsteps and draws on maps, diaries, letters, field notes and contemporary accounts to bring the ideas and characters alive. But this is more than a history of geology. As we travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain, it's a celebration of the sheer visceral pleasure generations of geologists have found, and continue to find, in noticing the earth beneath our feet.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781788163781
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Contributor By (author) Nick Davidson
Publication Date 2022-05-05
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 288
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 196 X 128 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 220
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