THE CHRONOLOGERS QUEST
THE SEARCH FOR THE AGE OF THE EARTH
The debate over the age of the Earth has been going on for at least two thousand years, and has pitted astronomers against biologists, religious philosophers against geologists. The Chronologers’ Quest tells the fascinating story of our attempts to determine a true age for our planet. This book investigates the many methods used in the search: the biblical chronologies examined by James Ussher and John Lightfoot; the estimates of cooling times made by the Comte de Buffon and Lord Kelvin; and the more recent investigations of Arthur Holmes and Clair Patterson into radioactive dating of rocks and meteorites. The Chronologers’ Quest is a readable account of the measurement of geological time. Little scientific background is assumed, and the book will be of interest to lay readers and earth scientists alike. PATRICK WYSE JACKSON is a lecturer in geology and curator of the Geological Museum in Trinity College Dublin, and is a member of the International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences.