Ray Perman is a writer and journalist, a former Chair of the James Hutton Institute in Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of which James Hutton was a founding member. There have been five previous biographies of Hutton, but this thoroughly researched volume offers a detailed account of the life and work of the Great Man. It includes insights into his personality and explanations for some of the mysteries surrounding him. We are shown the society in which he lived, in the period described as The Enlightenment, and in which Hutton was both a product and...

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