The age of the Earth and the invention of geological time

@article{Burchfield1998TheAO,
  title={The age of the Earth and the invention of geological time},
  author={Joe D. Burchfield},
  journal={Geological Society, London, Special Publications},
  year={1998},
  volume={143},
  pages={137 - 143}
}
  • J. Burchfield
  • Published 1998
  • Geology
  • Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Abstract During Charles Lyell’s lifetime the concept of geological time was gradually rendered meaningful through the construction of a heuristic geological timescale, the development of quantitative methods to calculate the duration of that scale, and the acceptance of a quantitatively determinable limit to the age of the Earth. This paper describes a few episodes in the process of ‘inventing’ the concept of geological time, episodes chosen primarily for their relevance to the work of Lyell. 
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