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The Seashell on the Mountaintop

Nonfiction: SCIENCE / History
Unabridged   5.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/28/2003

The Seashell on the Mountaintop

A Story of Science, Sainthood, and the Humble Genius who Discovered a New History of the Earth

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Audio CD ISBN:9781565116382
Digital Download ISBN:9781598871913


How could a seashell get into a rock? And how could that rock get to the top of a mountain? The "seashell question" plagues 17th century thinkers who fervently believed the planet was young and the human race supreme.

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The story of enigmatic scientist-turned-priest, Nicholas Steno, who first proposed that the shell-shaped rocks commonly found on Italian mountaintops actually were fossils—a notion completely antithetical to the 17th century theological and scientific world view, which maintained that the earth was only 6000 years old. Placing Steno's story in the context of such characters as Darwin, Newton, Thomas Jefferson and Saint Augustine, Alan Cutler illuminates the subject of "deep time" by combining authoritative science with stories of extraordinary people to bring home the philosophical and personal significance of Steno's ideas, offering a fresh, new perspective on the very old planet on which we live.

Author Bio

ALAN CUTLER, PhD, a well-known and widely respected researcher in paleontology and geology, is a Research Associate in the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian. Dr. Cutler, affiliated with the Smithsonian since 1993, also works in the Smithsonian’s Department of Public Programs. He is an expert in the study of fossilization.

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