Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time

  title={Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time},
  author={S. Gould},
*1. The Discovery of Deep Time * Deep Time * Myths of Deep Time * On Dichotomy * Time's Arrow and Time's Cycle * Caveats *2. Thomas Burnet's Battleground of Time * Burner's Frontispiece * The Burnet of Textbooks * Science versus Religion? * Burnet's Methodology * The Physics of History * Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Conflict and Resolution * Burnet and Steno as Intellectual Partners in the Light of Time's Arrow and Time's Cycle *3. James Hutton's Theory of the Earth: A Machine without a History… Expand
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