Inventing the Earth: Ideas on Landscape Development since 1740

Inventing the Earth: Ideas on Landscape Development since 1740

Editor(s): Barbara A. Kennedy

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9781405101875

Online ISBN: 9780470750643

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750643

About this Book

This book chronicles how successive generations of natural philosophers, geologists and geomorphologists have come to invent the view of the Earth over the past 250 years.


  • Chronicles how successive generations of natural philosophers, geologists and geomorphologists have come to invent different views of the Earth over the last 250 years.
  • Uses as its central viewpoint changing ideas about the significance of the action of rain and rivers on the Earth's surface.
  • Shows how our contemporary "truths" have come to be accepted and exposes the frailty of even the most impeccably scientific visions of the Earth.

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