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Title: Social England : a record of the progress of the people in religion, laws, learning, arts, industry, commerce, science, literature and manners, from the earliest times to the present day
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: Traill, H. D. (Henry Duff), 1842-1900Mann, James Saumarez, 1851-
Publisher: New York : Putnam
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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ologists, more keen-sighted and thoughtfulthan their neighbours,began to douljt not onlythe interpretation of theevidence, but also theadequacy of the cause.The leader of thisband of sceptics, theman who may claim tohave done more thanany other in the nine-teenth century to purgegeology from crudespeculation and to vin-dicate its position asa science, was CharlesLyell, the eldest son of a Forfarshire laird, a young barrister, sir_^^^^who joined the Geological Society in 1S19, soon aftcrtakmg his ^^^^degree at Oxford. He became speedily enthusiastic in workingout the succession of the Tertiary deposits, to which WilliamSmith had paid less attention than to the Secondary strata, andin a few years, about 1827, conceived the idea of the book whichafterwards established his reputation. This, as he mentions in1829, was to be entitled Principles of Geology: being an Attemptto explain the Former Changes of the Earths Surface by referenceto Causes now in Operation. The first volume of the work
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SIB ClUllLES LVELL, HAIIT., F.K.S.RICHMOND, U..V.(National Iortmil Gulknj.) BY GEOUGE 80 PEACE, liETRESCHMEyT, AXD liEFOBM. Sedgwickand Mur-ciiison. appeared in .Jamian-,1830, the second just two ^ears later, the thirdin May, Ib.iS. In order to prove the gradual jjassage from jDastgeological ages to the present one, it was necessary to stud} theTertiary deposits Avith exceptional care; while to establish theadequacy of existing causes, the eftects they were still engaged inproducing had to be investigated. For both these purposes travelbeyond the limits of the British Isles was necessary. In them thelater half of the Tertiary record is extremely imperfect; in themwe have no active volcanos or loft} mountains, no glaciers, snow-fields, or large rivers. During the five years, beginning with182S, while his book was in j^rogress, Lyell devoted nearly one-third of the time to travelling in France, Germany, Switzerland,Ital}, and Sicily, besides paying a short visit to an interestingvolcani
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