Dubbed ' the founder of modern geology' by Stephen Jay Gould, the 17th century Danish scientist Nicolaus Steno was the first man to to suggest that the existence of fossils demanded a much longer history for the earth than the roughly six thousand years suggested by the Bible. Steno's work was ignored for over a century; he himself dropped his geological studies; he converted to Catholicism and later became a bishop; in 1988 he was beatified by the Pope. Alan Cutler tells the story of this passionate and fascinating man, exploring his remarkable ideas on science and religion and the way his work was eventually to transform Western ideas of time. Steno's influence was enormous; Cutler's book is the first to give him his due, and to set him alongside Copernicus, Galileo and Darwin.
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'...insightful, entertaining and beautifully produced.' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Alan Cutler fluidly and elegantly charts the birthing pains of geology...' -- Daily Telegraph
...it makes your wrestle with the unwillingness shown by people, however intelligent, to accept the evidence of their own eyes -- Daily Mail
Delightful... Cutler has managed to make whole cloth out of the vague threads of the Steno story... -- Simon Winchester (in the Boston Globe)
The extraordinary story of the 17th century Danish geologist Steno, who was the first man to claim that the earth must be older than the Bible claimed, forever changing Western civilisation's ideas of time and undermining biblical authority, yet ended his life a Catholic bishop.
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Book Description VINTAGE (INGLATERRA), LONDON, 2004. Encuadernacion original. Book Condition: NUEVO / NEW. CUTLER, A. THE SEASHELL ON THE MOUNTAINTOP. A STORY OF SCIENCE, SAINTHOOD, AND THE HUMBLE GENIUS WHO DISCOVERED A NEW HISTORY OF TH. LONDON, 2004, xi 228 p. Encuadernacion original. Nuevo. Bookseller Inventory # 362094