- Series: Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series
- Paperback: 285 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (April 2, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226469476
- ISBN-13: 978-0226469478
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,693,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Mineralogy to Geology: The Foundations of a Science, 1650-1830 (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series) 1st Edition
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The history of geology is receiving more attention lately, as this excellent addition to the literature attests. Taking "mineralogy" to mean the study not only of minerals but of earth origins and history, Laudan uses the ideas of Abraham Werner as a framework for her discussion of the history of causal versus historical theories in geology. Her major thesis is that geology became a science in late 18th-century Europe rather than in early 19th-century Britain, as is generally presumed. Laudan's cast of characters is enormous, her ideas carefully drawn. Serious students will give this a close reading and perhaps compare it with Stephen Gould's Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle ( LJ 3/15/87) . R. G. Schipf, Univ. of Montana Lib.
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Geology, according to most histories of the field, emerged as a separate scientific specialty in early nineteenth-century Britain, where its practitioners attempted to understand the development of the earth's crust and to free geology from the Biblical account of creation. In From Mineralogy to Geology, Rachel Laudan presents a challenging alternative view. By examining earlier scientific traditions in continental Europe, she traces the intellectual roots of geology to mineralogy and chemical cosmogony. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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