Principles Of Geology by Charles LyellPrinciples Of Geology by Charles Lyell

Principles Of Geology

byCharles LyellIntroduction byJames A. SecordEditorJames A Secord

Paperback | June 1, 1998

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One of the key works in the nineteenth-century battle 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, exploring the evidence for radical changes in climate and geography across the ages and speculating on the progressive development of life. A profound influence on Darwin, Principles of Geology also captured the imagination of contemporaries such as Melville, Emerson, Tennyson and George Eliot, transforming science with its depiction of the powerful forces that shape the natural world.

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Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875) was a British geologist most famous for his great geological opus: The Principles of Geology: Being an Attempt to Explain the Former Changes of the Earth's Surface, by Reference to Causes now in Operation (3 vols 1830-33).
Title:Principles Of GeologyFormat:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014043528X

ISBN - 13:9780140435283

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Table of Contents

Edited with an Introduction by James A. Secord

Numbers in italics refer to chapters included only as summaries or in brief extracts

List of Illustrations
Further Reading
A Note on This Edition

Volume I (1830)
1: Objects and Nature of Geology
2-4: Historical Sketch of the Progress of Geology
5: Theoretical Errors which have Retarded the Progress of Geology
6: Assumed Discordance of the Ancient and Existing Causes of Change Controverted - Climate
7: Climate, continued
8: Climate, continued
9. Theory of the Progressive Development of Organic Life
10-17: Aqueous Causes
18-22: Igneous Causes
23-24: Earthquakes and their Effects
25: Earthquakes, continued - Temple of Serapis
26. Causes of Earthquakes and Volcanos

Volume II (1832)
1: Changes of the Organic World - Reality of Species
2: Theory of the Transmutation of Species Untenable
3: Limits of the Variability of Species
4: Hybrids
5-7: Geographical Distribution of Species
8: Changes in the Animate World, which Tend to the Extinction of Species
9: Changes in the Animate World, which Tend to the Extinction of Species, continued
10: Changes in the Inorganic World, Tending to the Extinction of Species
11: Whether the Extinction and Creation of Species Can Now be in Progress
12: Modifications in Physical Geography Caused by Plants, the Inferior Animals, and Man
13-16, 17: How the Remains of Man and his Works are becoming Fossil beneath the Waters
18: Corals and Coral Reefs

Volume III (1833)
1: Methods of Theorizing in Geology
2: General Arrangement of the Materials Composing the Earth's Crust
3: Different Circumstances under which the Secondary and Tertiary Formations may have Originated
4: Determination of the Relative Ages of Rocks
5: Classification of Tertiary Formations in Chronological Order
6-7: Newer Pliocene Formations - Sicily
8: Rocks of the Same Age in Etna
9: Origin of the Newer Pliocene Strata of Sicily
10-26: Former Changes of the Earth's Surface
Concluding Remarks

Bibliography of Reviews

From Our Editors

According to Charles Darwin, this book "altered the whole tone of one's mind... when seeing a thing never seen by Lyell, one yet saw it partially through his eyes". A hugely ambitious attempt to forge links between observable causes -- earthquakes, tides, and storms -- and the current state of the earth, Principles of Geology proved crucial in the long-running dispute between science and Scripture. Its clarity, broad sweep, and sheer intellectual passion caught the imagination of Melville, Emerson, and countless readers worldwide. This abridged edition consists largely of complete chapters (with all their illustrations) on topics that have attracted the most discussion: Charles Lyell's theoretical principles, analyses of evolution and ecological issues, and novel techniques for reconstructing the past.