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LYELL, Charles.
The Principles of Geology: Being an Attempt to Explain the Former Changes of the Earth's Surface, by Reference to Causes now in Operation. Three vols.
London: John Murray, 1830-1832-1833. First edition. PMM 344 - ESTABLISHED A NEW ERA IN GEOLOGY. First edition of this "classic by 'the father of modern geology'" (Grolier/Horblit), famous for "establishing a new era in geology" (DSB), presenting the doctrine of uniformitarianism, namely, that the processes of the past must be judged by those of the present. "One of the key works in the nineteenth century encounters between science and Scripture, Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (1830-33) sought to explain the geological state of the modern Earth by considering the long-term effects of observable natural phenomena. Written with clarity and a dazzling intellectual passion, it is both a seminal work of modern geology and a compelling precursor to Darwinism, speculating on radical changes in climate and geography across the ages, and exploring the evidence for the progressive development of life" (Secord). "Principles still recalled Isaac Newton's Principia and the subtitle stated clearly that it was 'an attempt to explain the former changes of the earth's surface, by reference to causes now in operation' ... [Lyell's] main source was the great compilation of the physical and topographical changes recorded within human history, published in 1822-4 by Karl von Hoff (1771-1837). He used Hoff's data to illustrate his own view of the earth as a system of balanced antagonistic processes: erosion balanced by sedimentation, for example, and crustal elevation by crustal subsidence. A preliminary section of the book presented a 'grand new theory of climate' (Lyell, Life, I, p. 261) … [Click Below for Full Description]
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