The Making of Geology: Earth Science in Britain 1660-1815 by Roy PorterThe Making of Geology: Earth Science in Britain 1660-1815 by Roy Porter

The Making of Geology: Earth Science in Britain 1660-1815

byRoy Porter

Paperback | September 18, 2008

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Between the mid-seventeenth century and the early nineteenth century there developed in Britain a range of empirical and increasingly secular sciences concerned with the earth. This book presents a detailed account of how this development led to the creation of a complex socio-intellectual fabric of methods, ambitions, facts and ideas which took on the nature of a distinctive, self-sustaining discipline: 'geology'. During this period the criteria for a proper science of the earth were continually reassessed and the earth as an object of science was radically reinterpreted. In his account of this transformation, Dr Porter treats science as an integral but distinct part of the spectrum of man's intellectual and social activities. His account thus illuminates the nature of science and scientific knowledge as a dynamic intellectual, social and cultural enterprise. The book will be of interest not only to historians and philosophers of science but also to social historians and geologists.
Roy Sydney Porter was born December 31, 1946. He grew up in a south London working class home. He attended Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell, and won an unheard of scholarship to Cambridge. His starred double first in history at Cambridge University (1968) led to a junior research fellowship at his college, Christ's, followed by a te...
Title:The Making of Geology: Earth Science in Britain 1660-1815Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:September 18, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521081289

ISBN - 13:9780521081283


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Orientations: c. 1660- 1710; 2. The natural history of the Earth; 3. The re-creation of the Earth; 4. A deepening base: c. 1710-1775; 5. Continuity and change; 6. Changing social formations: c.. 1775-1815; 7. A reformation of knowledge; 8. The constitution of geology; Conclusion.