Table of contents for Earth science : the people behind the science / Katherine Cullen,.

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CONTENTS
Preface												
Acknowledgments										
Introduction										
1.	Georgius Agricola (1494-1555): The Forefather of Geology and the Father of Mineralogy										
	"Peasant Farmer"										
	An Expert on Mining									
	Mining and Metallurgy									
	A Prolific Author										
	On Metallurgy										
	Chronology										
	Further Reading										
2.	Nicolaus Steno (1638-1686): The Law of Superposition of Rock Layers and the Principles of Original Horizontality and Lateral Extension
	An Interest in Science
	The Seashell Question
	Discovery of a Salivary Duct
	Questioning Descartes
	Cartesian Philosophy
	Studies on Muscular Contraction
	Glossopetrae
	A Forerunner
	Devotion to Catholic Missions
	Chronology
	Further Reading
3.	James Hutton (1726-1797): Uniformitarianism as the Central Principle of Historical Geology
	A Lawyer's Apprentice
	Geological and Agricultural Studies
	"Theory of the Earth"
	The Effect of Natural Processes on the Shape of the Earth
	Opposition
	Support for Hutton's Theory
	Chronology
	Further Reading
4.	Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859): Unification of the Natural Sciences
	A Career in Politics or Mining
	An Exotic Expedition
	Volcanoes
	Highest Altitude
	The Larger Task That Lay Ahead
	Diamonds in the Urals
	Geomagnetism
	Cosmic Comprehension
	Chronology
	Further Reading
5.	Georges Cuvier (1769-1832): The Reality of Extinction of Past Life Forms
	Birth in Montbéliard
	A Man with Many Titles
	Identification of Animals from Fossil Remains
	Fossils and Paleontology
	Extinction and Catastrophism
	Still an Anatomist
	Cuvier's Legacy
	Chronology
	Further Reading
6.	William Smith (1769-1839): Creation of the World's First Geologic Map
	Pound Stones 
	Career as a Surveyor
	The Birth of Stratigraphy
	Mary Anning
	The World's First Geological Map
	Respected at Last
	Chronology
	Further Reading
7. 	Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875): The Gradual Nature of Earth's Processes
	Preference of Geology over Law
	William Buckland
	Uniformity Revealed
	Principles and Elements
	Expertise Abroad
	The Age of Man
	Knighthood and Baronetcy
	Chronology
	Further Reading
8.	Alfred Wegener (1880-1930): The Theory of Continental Drift
	From Astronomy to Meteorology
	A Land-Moving Theory
	A Revolution from International Controversy
	Plate Tectonics
	A Bitter Cold Ending
	Chronology
	Further Reading
9.	Arthur Holmes (1890-1965): Estimation of the Earth's Age
	The 20-Million-Year Dispute
	Entrance to the Dating Game
	Carbon Dating
	Mozambique
	The Problem with Lead
	Misfortune and Providence
	The Powerful Engine of Radioactivity
	A Fourth Isotope
	Primeval Lead Composition
	The End of Time for a Famous Geologist
	Chronology
	Further Reading
10.	Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002): Theory of Punctuated Equilibrium
	A Young Boy's Interest in Paleontology
	Darwin's View
	Evolution by Jerks
	A Prolific and Influential Writer
	A New Structure for Evolutionary Theory
	Reflections and Miscellany
	Chronology
	Further Reading
APPENDIXES
Glossary
Further Resources
Index

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Earth scientists Biography.
Earth science -- History.