This volume is the latest in a line of books published on the history of geology by the Geological Society of London in its handsome ‘Special Publications’ series. It follows volumes devoted to Charles Lyell (1998), James Hutton (1999) and the Age of the Earth (2001), and considers the genesis, development and impact of theories, ideas and methodologies of more recent and contemporary geologists and research teams. This book and its contents might surprise latter-day geologists, many of whom would probably not consider examining what was frontier research as little as two decades ago from a historical and philosophical perspective....

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