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" The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time ; and while we listened with, earnestness and admiration to the philosopher who was now unfolding to us the order and series of these wonderful events, we became sensible how much... "
The New Statistical Account of Scotland: Linlithgow, Haddington Berwick - Page 297
1845
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Transactions, Volume 5

Edinburgh Geological Society - 1888 - 634 pages
...ip 430. deposited, in the shape of sand or mud, from the waters of a superincumbent ocean. An epoch still more remote presented itself when even the most...sometimes go than imagination can venture to follow." In the summer of the same year (1788) Hutton made another geological tour. This was to the Isle of...
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The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People

Tim Flannery - 2002 - 464 pages
...INFINITY BEFORE MAN The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time . . . [and] we became sensible how much farther reason may sometimes go than imagination can venture tofottow. Playfair 1805, quoted in McAdam 1986: 1 1 1 CHAPTER 1 THE NEW LANDS To write a history of...
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Planet Earth and the New Geoscience

Victor Schmidt, William Harbert - 2003 - 448 pages
...beginning to be deposited, in the shape of sand or mud, from the waters of a superincumbent ocean. An epoch still more remote presented itself, when even the...sometimes go than imagination can venture to follow. Today, a bit more than 200 years later, these rocks have hardly changed at all since Hutton described...
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Crowded with Genius: Edinburgh, 1745-1789

James Buchan - 2009 - 468 pages
...which separated their formation, had we actually seen them emerging from the bottom of the deep? ... The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into...reason may sometimes go than imagination can venture to follow.69 As Playfair wrote, the implications of Mutton's geological discoveries 'were matter, not...
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Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time

Stephen Baxter - 2004 - 264 pages
...of the different formation of these rocks, and of the long interval which separated their formation, had we actually seen them emerging from the bosom...sometimes go than imagination can venture to follow. Hutton had at last taught himself to read God's books, and the stories he could tell were wonderful...
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The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour

Joseph E. Harmon, Alan G. Gross - 2007 - 353 pages
...the abyss of time; and while we listened with earnestness and admiration to the philosopher [Hutton] who was now unfolding to us the order and series of...sometimes go than imagination can venture to follow. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Metaphor in Evolutionary Biology Alfred Russel Wallace, 1858. "On the tendency...
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Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society, Volume 5

1888 - 634 pages
...these rocks, instead of standing upright in vertical beds, lay in horizontal planes at the Ijottom of the sea, and was not yet disturbed by that immeasurable...sometimes go than imagination can venture to follow." In the summer of the same year (1788) Hutton made another geological tour. This was to the Isle of...
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