The Dating Game: One Man's Search for the Age of the Earth

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 28, 2002 - Science - 258 pages
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How old is the Earth? At the end of the nineteenth century, geologists, biologists, physicists and astronomers were all looking for a clock that would provide an answer to this, the greatest Time question of all. The Dating Game tells the story of one man's vision of developing a geological timescale that would finally lead to an accurate date for the Age of the Earth. Despite scientific opposition, financial hardship and personal tragedy, Arthur Holmes, greatest geologist of the twentieth century, fought for fifty years to convince the establishment of an Earth of great antiquity: a fight which eventually transformed the moribund 'art' of geology into a dynamic science. Cherry Lewis' engaging writing brings Holmes back to life and skilfully weaves his adventures, loves and losses, around the early history and science of dating the Earth, and the discovery of radioactivity - the clock that tells geological time.

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User Review  - name99 - LibraryThing

Rather too much biography (heck, hagiography) of Arthur Holmes for my tastes, and not enough geology and geophysics, but acceptable as a starter volume in trying to learn something of this field. Read full review

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User Review  - jusi - LibraryThing

a bit turgid, with insufficient science. i was expecting more geology, less biography Read full review


Prelude to the Game
A Brief History of Time
Darwins Sorest Trouble
Mysterious Rays
Doomsday Postponed
Holidays in Mozambique
This Vegetable Prison
A Brimful of Promise
The Ardnamurchan Affair
Rewards and Retributions
Why does the Sun Shine?
The Age of Uranium
The Age of the Earth
Loose Ends
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Selected Bibliography

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Cherry Lewis has had a life-long passion for rocks and fossils. After Drama College and running her own business for several years, she finally decided to indulge her passion and studied geology as a mature student at Bristol University. Her degree was succeeded by a PhD on Tibetan granites and post-doctoral research at University College London, which led to a career in the oil industry. Whilst writing her thesis she discovered the work of Arthur Holmes and became captivated by the man who pioneered the way towards determining the true age of the Earth.

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