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By Ellen Tan Drake

Robert Hooke's hypotheses about the beginning of terrestrial positive aspects have been of significant value to the advance of geology. This e-book translates Hooke's Lectures and Discourses of Earthquakes, and Subterraneous Eruptions (1667-1694). the amount includes the unique textual content of the Discourses transposed into glossy style and matched with explanatory annotations; a short updated biography of Hooke, with emphasis on his geological contributions; and a comparability of chosen passages from James Hutton, to teach the transmission of rules and Hooke's impression on later geologists. it's going to allure Earth scientists and technological know-how historians, besides basic readers attracted to the historical past of geology.

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59 THE ISLE OF WIGHT The Isle o f Wight a n d Its Influence on H ooke's Earthly Thoughts An Observation o f my own nearer Home. —^Robert Hooke, 1668 ost biographical sketches of Robert Hooke mention that he was born on July 18, 1635, in a village called Freshwater on the western end of the Isle of Wight, England (Fig. 2-1). Then, except for noting that his father, John Hooke, had been curate of the Church of All Saints in Freshwater and that his father’s house was located on what is now known as Hook Hill, no more information is given of this geologically fascinating island that so strongly influenced Hooke in developing his hypothesis of the terraqueous globe.

If the fossils were found on high places, like the tops of moun­ tains, then of course they were brought there by Noah’s flood and settled out in situ. It would have been inconceivable that there had been any exchange of land and sea areas. In the spirit of the age. Woodward amassed a collection of fossils which he bequeathed to his alma mater, the University of Cambridge, and which formed the nucleus of the present Woodwardian Museum. As we shall see later, Robert Hooke alone held a theory of organic origin of fossils, one not specifically connected with Noah’s flood.

The great churnings of the waters of the flood mixed all the animals in a helter-skelter melange; the crea­ tures then settled out according to their individual specific gravities along with the sediment. If the fossils were found on high places, like the tops of moun­ tains, then of course they were brought there by Noah’s flood and settled out in situ. It would have been inconceivable that there had been any exchange of land and sea areas. In the spirit of the age. Woodward amassed a collection of fossils which he bequeathed to his alma mater, the University of Cambridge, and which formed the nucleus of the present Woodwardian Museum.

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