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Life of Sir Roderick I. Murchison

Life of Sir Roderick I. Murchison
Based on his Journals and Letters
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science

  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108072366

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  • Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792–1871) was an influential Scottish geologist best known for his classification of Palaeozoic rocks into the Silurian system. After early military experience in the Peninsular War, he resigned his commission; a chance meeting with Sir Humphrey Davy led him subsequently to pursue a scientific career. The Silurian System, published in 1839, was a highly influential study, which established the oldest contemporary classification of fossil-bearing strata. Murchison was appointed President of the Royal Geographical Society in 1843. These volumes, first published in 1875, use information taken from Murchison's private journals and correspondence. Archibald Geikie (1835–1924) provides a detailed account of his mentor's life and work in the context of geology as a developing science in the early nineteenth century, and provides a fascinating insight into the life and work of this eminent Victorian geologist.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108072366
    • length: 837 pages
    • dimensions: 323 x 250 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.54kg
    • contains: 52 b/w illus.
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Ancestry. School-days
    2. First years of a soldier's life
    3. Six months of the Peninsular War
    4. Military life at home
    5. Italy and art
    6. Five years of fox-hunting
    7. Rise of geology in Britain
    8. First years of scientific life at home
    9. First geological raids into the continent
    10. The invasion of Grauwacke
    11. The Geological Society, and social life in London
    12. The Silurian system
    13. The Devonian system
    14. A geological tour in northern Russia
    15. Central and southern Russia, and the Ural Mountains
    16. The chair of the Geological Society. Volume 2:
    17. Journeys to complete the work on Russia
    18. Knighthood
    19. A winter in Rome and two summers in the Alps
    20. The Copley medal
    21. Siluria
    22. The Geological Survey
    23. The geological conquest of the Highlands
    24. The foundation-stones of Britain
    25. Official life in London
    26. Summer holidays of a government official
    27. The Royal Geographical Society
    28. The last geological touches
    29. The close
    List of Sir Roderick Murchison's published writings

  • Author

    Archibald Geikie

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