Non-Fiction Books:

The Earth Sciences in the Enlightenment

Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Here are some other products you might consider...

The Earth Sciences in the Enlightenment

Studies on the Early Development of Geology

Format

Hardback

Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

The Earth Sciences in the Enlightenment by Kenneth L. Taylor
Unavailable
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Description

This volume is concerned with the geological sciences in the 18th century, with special emphasis on France and French scientists. A first focus is on the pioneering geologist Nicolas Desmarest, whose investigations in Auvergne and Italy (among other places) had important consequences in geological theory and practice. Desmarest emerges as a figure of intriguing complexity and refined methodological convictions, defying facile interpretation in terms of, for instance, a simple polarity between vulcanism and neptunism. Widening his inquiry beyond Desmarest, Professor Taylor also endeavors to recover key elements of the presuppositions and thought-patterns of Enlightenment geologists, and to discern how geological investigation worked during this formative period. In the era that modern geological science was beginning to take form, many of the participants are seen as struggling to define their scientific objectives and procedures by drawing from the competing frameworks of physique or natural philosophy, descriptive natural history, and antiquarian scholarship or developmental history. One of the articles (Reflections on Natural Laws in Eighteenth-Century Geology) appears here for the first time in English.

Author Biography

Kenneth L. Taylor is Professor Emeritus in the Department of the History of Science, The University of Oklahoma, USA.
Release date Australia
February 28th, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Ashgate Publishing Limited
Pages
332
ISBN-13
9780754659303
Product ID
3817893

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
Filed under...