Restless Genius: Robert Hooke and His Earthly Thoughts

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byEllen Tan Drake

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Robert Hooke's hypotheses concerning the origin of terrestrial features were of major importance to the development of geology. This book interprets Hooke's Lectures and Discourses of Earthquakes, and Subterraneous Eruptions (1667-1694). The volume consists of the original text of theDiscourses transposed into modern type and paired with explanatory annotations; a brief up-to-date biography of Hooke, with emphasis on his geological contributions; and a comparison of selected passages from James Hutton, to show the transmission of ideas and Hooke's influence on later geologists.It will attract Earth scientists and science historians, along with general readers interested in the history of geology.

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Robert Hooke's hypotheses concerning the origin of terrestrial features were of major importance to the development of geology. This book interprets Hooke's Lectures and Discourses of Earthquakes, and Subterraneous Eruptions (1667-1694). The volume consists of the original text of theDiscourses transposed into modern type and paired wi...

Ellen Tan Drake is at Oregon State University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.74 × 11.26 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195066952

ISBN - 13:9780195066951

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Table of Contents

1. The Life of Robert Hooks2. The Isle of Wight and its Influence on Hooke's Earthly Thoughts3. Theories of the Earth4. Hooke's System of the Earth5. Hooke's Concept of Polar Wandering on an Oblate Spheroid Earth6. Hooke's Theory of Evolution and Attitude Toward God and Time7. Plagiarism or Paranoia?8. Final Assessment

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"Throughout, the book is informed by Drake's considerable scholarship...[She] has brought to life and to our attention the amazingly erudite and fresh voice of Robert Hooke."--Isis