The Resource Darwin's first theory : exploring Darwin's quest for a theory of the earth, Rob Wesson

Darwin's first theory : exploring Darwin's quest for a theory of the earth, Rob Wesson

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Darwin's first theory : exploring Darwin's quest for a theory of the earth
Title
Darwin's first theory
Title remainder
exploring Darwin's quest for a theory of the earth
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Rob Wesson
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Language
eng
Summary
Everybody knows -- or thinks they know -- Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and the man who altered the way we view our place in the world. But what most people do not know is that Darwin was on board the HMS Beagle as a geologist -― on a mission to examine the land, not flora and fauna. Retracing Darwin's footsteps in South America and beyond, geologist Rob Wesson treks across the Andes, cruises waters charted by the Beagle, hunts for fossils in Uruguay and Argentina, and explores sites of long vanished glaciers in Scotland and Wales. As he follows Darwin's path -- literally and intellectually -- Wesson experiences the land as Darwin did, engages with his observations, and tackles the same questions Darwin had about our ever-changing Earth. Upon his return from his five-year journey aboard the Beagle, after examining the effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and more, Darwin conceived his theory of subsidence and uplift -- his first theory. These concepts and attitudes -- the vastness of time; the enormous cumulative impact of almost imperceptibly slow change; change as a constant feature of the environment -- underlie Darwin's subsequent discoveries in evolution. And this peculiar way of thinking remains vitally important today as we enter the human-dominated Anthropocene age. Expertly interweaving science and adventure, Darwin's First Theory is a riveting and revelatory journey around the world with one of the greatest scientific minds in history
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wesson, R. L.
Dewey number
  • 551
  • 910.4/1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QE28.3
LC item number
.W47 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Wesson, R. L.
  • Geology
  • Voyages around the world
Target audience
adult
Label
Darwin's first theory : exploring Darwin's quest for a theory of the earth, Rob Wesson
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Publication
Note
Map on end papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 385-439) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
A peculiar obsession -- Darwin in the field. The lieutenant and the beetle collector ; Field trip with a master : the state of geology ; Setting out : the adventures begin ; The first years of the voyage ; Patagonia : the great workshop of nature ; Maria Graham and the debate on the causes of elevation ; Darwin's earthquake ; The Andes rising ; Coral reefs and the sinking bottom of the sea -- Darwin theorizing. Faith comforts, facts persuade ; The theory comes together ; Extending the theory : the parallel roads of Glen Roy -- Back on Darwin's trail. From uplift to evolution ; From natural selection to plate tectonics ; In the Beagle's wake ; The Chilean earthquake of 2010 ; Now you see them, now you don't ; Reflections : what does it all mean?
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books edition.
Extent
xxi, 457 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781681773162
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color)
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  • (OCoLC)951925835
  • 1577555
  • (OCoLC)ocn951925835
  • 1577555
Label
Darwin's first theory : exploring Darwin's quest for a theory of the earth, Rob Wesson
Publication
Note
Map on end papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 385-439) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
A peculiar obsession -- Darwin in the field. The lieutenant and the beetle collector ; Field trip with a master : the state of geology ; Setting out : the adventures begin ; The first years of the voyage ; Patagonia : the great workshop of nature ; Maria Graham and the debate on the causes of elevation ; Darwin's earthquake ; The Andes rising ; Coral reefs and the sinking bottom of the sea -- Darwin theorizing. Faith comforts, facts persuade ; The theory comes together ; Extending the theory : the parallel roads of Glen Roy -- Back on Darwin's trail. From uplift to evolution ; From natural selection to plate tectonics ; In the Beagle's wake ; The Chilean earthquake of 2010 ; Now you see them, now you don't ; Reflections : what does it all mean?
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books edition.
Extent
xxi, 457 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781681773162
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)951925835
  • 1577555
  • (OCoLC)ocn951925835
  • 1577555

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