By C L E Lewis and S J Knell, Cherry Lewis, Simon J. Knell
This booklet includes contributions from Martin Rees-the Astronomer Royal; Aubrey Manning-biologist and presenter of the BBC television sequence Earth tale; Chris Stringer-archaeologist and media character, and a few revered historians of science.An historic point of view of geological time, from the 17th century to the invention of radioactivity, and directly to modern day purposes of geochronology. members come from the fields of geology and geochemistry, palaeontology, biology, archaeology, astronomy, and the historical past of science.The age of the Earth has constantly been a topic of serious curiosity to scientists from many disciplines-geologists, biologists, archaeologists, astronomers and historians. This quantity, The Age of the Earth: from 4004BC to AD2002, brings jointly individuals from those various topics to debate a number of features of the topic. It opens with a historic standpoint, concerning the works of eminent students from the 17th to 19th centuries, describing how conceptions of the Earth's heritage replaced over this era. we're taken from the time whilst state-enforced spiritual orthodoxy all through Europe dictated the age of the Earth, via to the 19th century while geology emerged as a rigorous and self-contained technology. via stratigraphic paintings, fossils grew to become verified as valuable time markers and the scientists of the day grew to become to the deduction of time from the goods of geomorphological techniques. by means of the tip of the 19th century the controversy among geologists and physicists was once at its top. the hassle to quantify geological time affected the speculation and perform of geology and was once largelyresonsible for it maturing right into a specialist clinical self-discipline. during the technological know-how of geochronology, more and more sophisticated recommendations constructed to degree the age of the Earth. even though, it may be borne in brain that the now-accepted age might be thought of a 'geochemical twist of fate' which nonetheless continues to be a contentious issue.The concluding components of the ebook talk about a couple of comparable issues: the quest for the oldest rocks in the world; a biologist's perspective of the historical past and development of existence in the world; how a refinement of radiocarbon and non-radiocarbon actual courting recommendations has impacted looking for our historical hominid ancestors; and, ultimately, cosmology and the questions surrounding the age of the universe.
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