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Lyell: The Past is the Key to the Present

Product Code: SP143
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by D. Blundell and A. C. Scott (Royal Holloway University of London, UK)
Publication Date: 09 November 1998
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Special Publication 143

This title is out of print. It is available electronically via the Lyell Collection.

Considers the work of Sir Charles Lyell and his influence on his contemporaries in establishing geology as a science. It continues with an appraisal of Lyell's subsequent influence on geology through to the present day across a wide range of subjects and concludes with modern research constructed upon the legacy of Lyell, with a look to the future environment.

Distinguished historians of science give an appraisal of Lyell's life and works and his influence through his travels across Europe and North America.

Readership: General geological research community especially those interested in the history of science.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-018-5
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-018-8
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 376
Weight: 1.05 kg


Introduction • Part 1: The life and influence of Lyell • Lyell and the Principles of Geology • Charles Lyell and the Geological Society • Lyell: The man and his times • Lyell's reception on the continent of Europe: a contribution to an open historiographical problem • Charles Lyell's debt to North America - his lectures and travels from 1841 to 1853 • Charles Lyell in New York State • Charles Lyell and the evidence of the Antiquity of Man • Part 2: Lyell and the development of Geological science • Lyell's Principles of Geology (1830-33): foundations of sedimentology • The Cenozoic Era: Lyellian (chrono)stratigraphy and nomenclatural reform at the millenium • Lyell's views in relation to organic progression evolution and extinction • The age of the Earth and the invention of geological time • Lyell and the dilemma of Quaternary glaciation • Charles Lyell and climatic change: speculation and certainty • Catastrophism and uniformitarianism: logical roots and current relevance in geology • From William Smith to William Whitaker: the development of British hydrogeology in the 19th century • Part 3: The legacy of Lyell • The Cambrian-Silurian tectonic evolution of the northern Appalachians and British Caledonides: history of a complex, southwest Pacific-type segment of Iapetus • The legacy of Charles Lyell: advances in our knowledge of coal and coal-bearing strata • The Carboniferous Evolution of Nova Scotia • Sequence stratigraphy: a revolution without a cause? • Extrusions of Hormuz salt in Iran • Mount Etna - monitoring in the past, present and future • Earthquakes and Earth structure: a perspective since Hutton and Lyell • Man and the modern environment

Principal Authors: M. J. S. Rudwick (London, UK), J. Thackray (The Natural History Museum, UK), L. G. Wilson (University of Minnesota, USA), E. Vaccari (Universita di Genova, Italy), R. H. Dott Jr. (University of Wisconsin, USA), G. M. Friedman (Northeastern Science Foundation, USA), C. Cohen (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France), M. R. Leeder (University of Leeds, UK), W. A. Berggren (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA), A. Hallam (University of Birmingham, UK), J. D. Burchfield (Northern Illinois University, USA), P. J. Boylan (City University, UK), J. R. Fleming (Colby College, USA), V. R. Baker (University of Arizona, USA), J. Mather (Royal Holloway University of London, UK), C. R. van Staal (Geological Survey of Canada, Canada), J. H. Calder (Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Canada), R. C. L. Wilson (Open University, UK), C. J. Talbot (Uppsala University, Sweden), H. Rymer (Open University, UK), B. A. Bolt (University of California, USA), J. Knill (Berkshire, UK)


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