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Rudwick, M. J. S.

Overview
Works: 57 works in 281 publications in 3 languages and 15,077 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: QE26, 550
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Most widely held works about M. J. S Rudwick
 
Most widely held works by M. J. S Rudwick
The meaning of fossils : episodes in the history of palaeontology by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

39 editions published between 1972 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An absorbing history of changing views of what fossils are and how they contribute to an understanding of the history of the earth. Rudwick makes ample use of primary sources ranging in time from the first book with illustrations of fossils (1565) to O.C. Marsh's study of horse evolution in the 1870s. He documents the first attempts to collect groups of fossils, determine whether they were the remains of organisms, relate the fossils to their surrounding rock strata, and integrate fossil evidence into the concept of evolution"--Back cover
Earth's deep history : how it was discovered and why it matters by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Earth has been witness to mammoths and dinosaurs, global ice ages, continents colliding or splitting apart, and comets and asteroids crashing catastrophically to the surface, as well as the birth of humans who are curious to understand it. But how was all this discovered? How was the evidence for it collected and interpreted? And what kinds of people have sought to reconstruct this past that no human witnessed or recorded? In this sweeping and accessible book, Martin J. S. Rudwick, the premier historian of the Earth sciences, tells the gripping human story of the gradual realization that the Earth's history has not only been unimaginably long but also astonishingly eventful. Rudwick begins in the seventeenth century with Archbishop James Ussher, who famously dated the creation of the cosmos to 4004 BC. His narrative later turns to the crucial period of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when inquisitive intellectuals, who came to call themselves "geologists," began to interpret rocks and fossils, mountains and volcanoes, as natural archives of Earth's history. He then shows how this geological evidence was used—and is still being used—to reconstruct a history of the Earth that is as varied and unpredictable as human history itself. Along the way, Rudwick rejects the popular view of this story as a conflict between science and religion and shows how the modern scientific account of the Earth's deep history retains strong roots in Judaeo-Christian ideas. Extensively illustrated, Earth's Deep History is an engaging and impressive capstone to Rudwick's distinguished career. Though the story of the Earth is inconceivable in length, Rudwick moves with grace from the earliest imaginings of our planet's deep past to today's scientific discoveries, proving that this is a tale at once timeless and timely"--publisher
The great Devonian controversy : the shaping of scientific knowledge among gentlemanly specialists by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

26 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Arguably the best work to date in the history of geology."--David R. Oldroyd, Science"After a superficial first glance, most readers of good will and broad knowledge might dismiss [this book] as being too much about too little. They would be making one of the biggest mistakes in their intellectual lives. ... [It] could become one of our century's key documents in understanding science and its history."-Stephen Jay Gould, New York Review of Books"Surely one of the most important studies in the history of science of recent years, and arguably the best work to date in the history of geology."-David R. Oldroyd, Science
Worlds before Adam : the reconstruction of geohistory in the age of reform by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first detailed account of the reconstruction of prehuman geohistory, Martin J.S. Rudwick takes readers from the post-Napoleonic Restoration in Europe to the early years of Britain's Victorian age, chronicling the staggering discoveries geologists made during the period: the uncovering of the first dinosaur fossils, the glacial theory of the last Ice Age, and the meaning of igneous rocks, among others. Ultimately, Rudwick reveals geology to be the first of the sciences to investigate the historical dimension of nature."--Jacket
Scenes from deep time : early pictorial representations of the prehistoric world by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did the earth look in prehistoric times? Our images of the remote past, museum displays of dinosaurs and book illustrations of exotic plants and animals, are based on fragmentary evidence, yet these depictions are realistic enough to suggest that we can know exactly what the earth looked like millions of years ago. Today depictions of the earliest stages of the earth - deep time - are so common that we take them for granted, but less than 200 years ago no such pictures existed. In Scenes from Deep Time, Martin J.S. Rudwick traces the earliest attempts to reconstruct the past no one has ever seen. With over 100 stunning lithographs and engravings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many reproduced here for the first time since their original publication and accompanied by portions of the original explanatory texts, Rudwick argues that scientists and artists made earth history visually compelling as evidence from nature supplanted the biblical view of the distant past. Until 1820, the only pictorial reconstructions of earth history were illustrations of the biblical creation story. During the following decades, geologists and biologists gathered and interpreted fossil evidence that suggested the earth was millions of years old. Fossil finds inspired a new collaboration between scientists and artists, and as they became more confident in their visions of the past, they produced increasingly realistic portrayals of deep time. By 1870, the prehistoric past was depicted in the same style as the scenes we see today, and these representations continue to reflect and often shape scientific as well as public views. Because we can never completely know what life was like in deep time, these images fascinate scientists and laypeople alike
Georges Cuvier, fossil bones, and geological catastrophes : new translations & interpretations of the primary texts by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

28 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A major feature of this book is a new translation of Cuvier's most famous work, the "Preliminary Discourse" (1812). Frequently reprinted and translated, this essay became a key document in nineteenth-century debates about evolutionary theory and is still used as source material by many English-speaking historians. But the original English translation was poor, and its editorial slant made Cuvier appear, quite incorrectly, to champion a literal interpretation of Genesis. Paleontologists, geologists, and historians of science, among others, will welcome these new translations and new insights into Cuvier's outstanding contributions to the earth and life sciences
Bursting the limits of time : the reconstruction of geohistory in the age of revolution by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

16 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Bursting the Limits of Time' describes how the natural world, through the new sciences of geology & paleontology, came to be historicised during the Age of Revolution
Living and fossil brachiopods by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

12 editions published between 1970 and 1979 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Principles of geology by Charles Lyell( Book )

13 editions published between 1969 and 1990 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new science of geology : studies in the earth sciences in the age of revolution by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lyell and Darwin, geologists : studies in the earth sciences in the age of reform by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on eighteenth-century geology by Rhoda Rappaport( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of the natural sciences as cultural history by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultures of natural history by David Allen( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This copiously illustrated volume is the first systematic general work to do justice to the fruits of recent scholarship in the history of natural history. Public interest in this lively field has been stimulated by environmental concerns and through links with the histories of art, collecting and gardening. The centrality of the development of natural history for other branches of history - medical, colonial, gender, economic, ecological - is increasingly recognized. Twenty-four specially commissioned essays cover the period from the sixteenth century, when the first institutions of natural history were created, to its late nineteenth-century transformation by practitioners of the new biological sciences. An introduction discusses novel approaches that have made this a major focus for research in cultural history. The essays, which include suggestions for further reading, offer a coherent and accessible overview of a fascinating subject. An epilogue highlights the relevance of this wide-ranging survey for current debates on museum practice, the display of ecological diversity and concerns about the environment
Principles of geology by Charles Lyell( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El significado de los fósiles : episodios de la historia de la paleontología by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in Spanish and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Principles of geology by Charles Lyell( Book )

2 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in Undetermined and English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu jian li le di ceng xi tong,Lun shu le yan ceng fen lei,Fen bu,Xing zhuang he jie gou,Qi zhong dui huo shan yan,Shen cheng yan,Bian zhi yan de te zheng ye zuo le jing pi de chan shu
Kaseki no imi : Koseibutsugakushi sowa by M. J. S Rudwick( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Principles of geology by Charles Lyell( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The great Devonian controversy : the shaping of scientific knowledge among gentlemanly specialists
Alternative Names
Martin J. S. Rudwick Brits paleontoloog

Martin Rudwick britischer Wissenschaftshistoriker

Rudwick, M. J. S.

Rudwick, M.J.S. 1932-

Rudwick, Martin

Rudwick, Martin 1932-

Rudwick, Martin J. S.

Rudwick, Martin J. S. 1932-

Rudwick, Martin John 1932-

Rudwick, Martin John Spencer

Rudwick, Martin John Spencer 1932-

ラドウィック, マーティン・J・S

ルドウィック, マーチン・J. S

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The great Devonian controversy : the shaping of scientific knowledge among gentlemanly specialistsWorlds before Adam : the reconstruction of geohistory in the age of reformScenes from deep time : early pictorial representations of the prehistoric worldGeorges Cuvier, fossil bones, and geological catastrophes : new translations & interpretations of the primary textsBursting the limits of time : the reconstruction of geohistory in the age of revolutionPrinciples of geologyThe new science of geology : studies in the earth sciences in the age of revolutionLyell and Darwin, geologists : studies in the earth sciences in the age of reform