Lord Kelvin and the Age of the Earth

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 267 pages
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Burchfield charts the enormous impact made by Lord Kelvin's application of thermodynamic laws to the question of the earth's age and the heated debate his ideas sparked among British Victorian physicists, astronomers, geologists, and biologists.

"Anyone interested in geologic time, and that should include all geologists and a fair smattering of biologists, physicists and chemists, should make Burchfield's commendable and time-tested volume part of their personal library"—Brent Darymple, Quartely Review of Biology
 

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Classic study. Probably still the best starting point for discussion of the age of the Earth in late 19th early 20th centuries.

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I hated this! A ton! It Is Boring!

Contents

I Introduction
1
II Kelvin and the Physics of Time
21
The Initial Reception
57
IV The Triumph of Limited Time
90
V Opposition and Controversy
121
VI Radioactivity and the Age of the Earth
163
VII Conclusion
212
Afterword
219
Bibliography
223
Index
261
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