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The Resource The epochs of nature, Georges-Louis Leclerc, le comte de Buffon ; translated and edited by Jan Zalasiewicz, Anne-Sophie Milon, and Mateusz Zalasiewicz ; introduction by Jan Zalasiewicz, Sverker So?rlin, Libby Robin, and Jacques Grinevald ; illustrations by Anne-Sophie Milon

The epochs of nature, Georges-Louis Leclerc, le comte de Buffon ; translated and edited by Jan Zalasiewicz, Anne-Sophie Milon, and Mateusz Zalasiewicz ; introduction by Jan Zalasiewicz, Sverker So?rlin, Libby Robin, and Jacques Grinevald ; illustrations by Anne-Sophie Milon

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The epochs of nature
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The epochs of nature
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Georges-Louis Leclerc, le comte de Buffon ; translated and edited by Jan Zalasiewicz, Anne-Sophie Milon, and Mateusz Zalasiewicz ; introduction by Jan Zalasiewicz, Sverker So?rlin, Libby Robin, and Jacques Grinevald ; illustrations by Anne-Sophie Milon
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Georges-Louis Leclerc, le comte de Buffon's The Epochs of Nature, originally published as Les Époques de la Nature in 1778, is one of the first great popular science books, a work of style and insight that was devoured by Catherine the Great of Russia and influenced Humboldt, Darwin, Lyell, Vernadsky, and many other renowned scientists. It is the first geological history of the world, stretching from the Earth's origins to its foreseen end, and though Buffon was limited by the scientific knowledge of his era--the substance of the Earth was not, as he asserts, dragged out of the sun by a giant comet, nor is the sun's heat generated by tidal forces--many of his deductions appear today as startling insights. And yet, The Epochs of Nature has never before been available in its entirety in English--until now. In seven epochs, Buffon reveals the main features of an evolving Earth, from its hard rock substrate to the sedimentary layers on top, from the minerals and fossils found within these layers to volcanoes, earthquakes, and rises and falls in sea level--and he even touches on age-old mysteries like why the sun shines. In one of many moments of striking scientific prescience, Buffon details evidence for species extinction a generation before Cuvier's more famous assertion of the phenomenon. His seventh and final epoch does nothing less than offer the first geological glimpse of the idea that humans are altering the very foundations of the Earth--an idea of remarkable resonance as we debate the designation of another epoch: the Anthropocene. Also featuring Buffon's extensive "Notes Justificatives," in which he offers further evidence to support his assertions (and discusses vanished monstrous North American beasts--what we know as mastodons--as well as the potential existence of human giants), plus an enlightening introduction by editor and translator Jan Zalasiewicz and historians of science Sverker Sörlin, Libby Robin, and Jacques Grinevald, this extraordinary new translation revives Buffon's quite literally groundbreaking work for a new age
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1707-1788
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Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc
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508
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QH45
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.B913 2018
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non fiction
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  • Zalasiewicz, J. A.
  • Milon, Anne-Sophie
  • Zalasiewicz, Mateusz
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Natural history
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The epochs of nature, Georges-Louis Leclerc, le comte de Buffon ; translated and edited by Jan Zalasiewicz, Anne-Sophie Milon, and Mateusz Zalasiewicz ; introduction by Jan Zalasiewicz, Sverker So?rlin, Libby Robin, and Jacques Grinevald ; illustrations by Anne-Sophie Milon
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Introduction: Buffon and the history of the Earth / Jan Zalasiewicz, Sverker So?rlin, Libby Robin, and Jacques Grinevald -- The epochs of nature -- First discourse -- First epoch: when the Earth and the planets took their form -- Second epoch: when matter, being consolidated, formed the interior rock of the globe and the great vitrescible masses that are at its surface -- Third epoch: when the waters covered our continents -- Fourth epoch: when the waters retreated and the volcanoes became active -- Fifth epoch: when the elephants and the other animals of the south lived in the north -- Sixth epoch: when the separation of continents was made -- Seventh and last epoch: when the power of man has assisted that of nature -- Justifying notes to the facts reported in the epochs of nature -- On the first discourse
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24 cm.
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xxxiv, 190 pages
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9780226395432
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(cloth : alk. paper)
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2017029443
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (FIPpSEB)DS6395432
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The epochs of nature, Georges-Louis Leclerc, le comte de Buffon ; translated and edited by Jan Zalasiewicz, Anne-Sophie Milon, and Mateusz Zalasiewicz ; introduction by Jan Zalasiewicz, Sverker So?rlin, Libby Robin, and Jacques Grinevald ; illustrations by Anne-Sophie Milon
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Buffon and the history of the Earth / Jan Zalasiewicz, Sverker So?rlin, Libby Robin, and Jacques Grinevald -- The epochs of nature -- First discourse -- First epoch: when the Earth and the planets took their form -- Second epoch: when matter, being consolidated, formed the interior rock of the globe and the great vitrescible masses that are at its surface -- Third epoch: when the waters covered our continents -- Fourth epoch: when the waters retreated and the volcanoes became active -- Fifth epoch: when the elephants and the other animals of the south lived in the north -- Sixth epoch: when the separation of continents was made -- Seventh and last epoch: when the power of man has assisted that of nature -- Justifying notes to the facts reported in the epochs of nature -- On the first discourse
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxxiv, 190 pages
Isbn
9780226395432
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017029443
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (FIPpSEB)DS6395432
  • (FlPpSEB)DS6395432

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