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The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology By Roger Osborne

The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology
by Roger Osborne

Twenty-five stories are contained in this text, beginning with the search for an alchemist's secret, and ending with the re-imagination of a past world. Each is connected to a remote corner of north-east England, and exploring the line where myth is dissolved into science.

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The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology Summary


Twenty-five stories are contained in this text, beginning with the search for an alchemist's secret, and ending with the re-imagination of a past world. Each is connected to a remote corner of north-east England, and each exploring the uncertain line where myth is dissolved into science, and belief gives way to knowledge. Different episodes show how the fall of Constaninople converted the common rock of the Yorkshire cliffs into a source of extraordinary wealth and power, and how this in turn uncovered the inhabitants of a succession of past worlds; how a stone falling from the sky near this same coast changed the minds of all the natural philosophers of Europe; and how a new science was born on the top of the tower of York Minster. The stories move from documentary accounts to fictional recreations of historic events, from contemporary writings and illustrations to present-day reflection. By using different ways of describing the world of scientific endeavour, the author has produced an entertaining book which allows the reader to witness the birth of a new science - the science of geology.

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GOR001913324
The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology
Roger Osborne
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
1998-08-20
384
0224050281
9780224050289
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