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  • The British Journal for the History of Science, Volume 19, Issue 2
  • July 1986, pp. 129-146

Hooke on Earthquakes: Lectures, Strategy and Audience

  • Rhoda Rappaport (a1)
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Much has been written about Robert Hooke's so-called ‘Discourse of Earthquakes’, the series of lectures he delivered before the Royal Society of London over the years 1667–1700. The chief points of the lectures are thus well known: fossils (the word is used here in its modern meaning) are the remains of once-living organisms, and their burial in rather odd places within the earth's crust can be explained by the dislocations of land and sea resulting from earthquakes.

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D.R. Oldroyd , ‘Robert Hooke's Methodology of Science as Exemplified in his Discourse of Earthquakes’. Br. J. Hist. Sc. (1972), 6, p. 109–1 0

Cecil J. Schneer : ‘The rise of Historical Geology in the Seventeenth Century’. Isis, (1954), 45, p. 256268.

Rhoda Rappaport , ‘Borrowed Words: Problems of Vocabulary in Eighteenth-Century Geology’, Br. J. Hist. Sci. (1982), 15, p. 2744.

A. J. Turner : ‘Hooke's Theory of the Earth's Axial displacement: Some Contemporary Opinion’, Br. J. Hist. Sci. (1974), 7, p.167.

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