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Illuminating the Details of Deep Time

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Science  12 Sep 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5895, pp. 1447-1448
DOI: 10.1126/science.1162473

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Worlds Before Adam. The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform. By Martin J. S. Rudwick. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2008. 638 pp. $49, £25.50. ISBN 9780226731285.

The author examine a selection of influential scientific debates on geologic topics between 1820 and 1845, some of which were focused on the details of particular moments in what all agreed were the long histories of Earth and life while others addressed putative causes of the patterns.