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James Hutton: The Founder of Modern Geology



James Hutton (1726-1797) was a man ahead of his time, one of the first environmentalists. He saw the natural world around him as a work in progress, shaped by the processes of erosion, denudation and the ‘continuity of Nature’s operations’.

He developed a grand theory of the Earth in which he tried to make sense of a lifetime of observation and deduction about the way in which our planet functions.

A leading figure in the eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment, he was also an innovative farmer, successful entrepreneur and a man with endless intellectual curiosity.

The tercentenary of his birth, 2026, will be celebrated with events organised by The James Hutton Institute.

The first of these is this revised and expanded edition of the book by Donald B McIntyre and Alan McKirdy, first published in 1997 and revised in 2012.

This third edition has been rewritten with twice as many pages as the 2012 edition and almost double the number of illustrations.



107 col/b+w illustrations

Alan McKirdy was formerly Head of Knowledge and Information Management at Scottish Natural Heritage. He has written, and contributed to, many books on geology and related subjects.

ISBN: 9781910682449

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