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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 Works of John Playfair ...: With a Memoir of the Author ... - Page 81
by John Playfair - 1822
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The Founders of Geology

Archibald Geikie - 1905 - 536 pages
...which separated their formation, had we actually seen them emerging from the bosom of the deep ? . . . The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into...to the philosopher who was now unfolding to us the Hut 'tons person and mode of life 293 order and series of these wonderful events, we became sensible...
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The Founders of Geology

Archibald Geikie - 1905 - 514 pages
...admiration to the philosopher who was now unfolding to us the Hut tons person and mode of life 293 order and series of these wonderful events, we became sensible how much further reason may sometimes go than imagination can venture to follow." Hutton's lithe active body...
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Wordsworth and the Geologists

John Wyatt - 1995 - 300 pages
...of 1803. Accompanying Hutton on a geographical excursion, he looked down into a quarry and recorded: 'The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time.'1 In his unfinished account of travelling in the north of England, written in 1811 or 1812 and...
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Destiny Or Chance: Our Solar System and Its Place in the Cosmos

Stuart Ross Taylor - 2000 - 256 pages
...the sea ... revolutions still more remote appeared in the distance of this extraordinary perspective. The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time'.1 differentiation has ensured that there is no place on or within it where we can collect a sample...
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Geography and Enlightenment

David N. Livingstone, Charles W. J. Withers - 1999 - 470 pages
...the globe. Revolutions still more remote appeared in the distance of this extraordinary perspective. The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time (Playfair 1973, 176-177). The cause of Playfair's giddiness is not what is suddenly present to his...
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Mappings

Denis Cosgrove - 1999 - 326 pages
...from the waters of a superincumbent ocean. An epocha [sic] still more remote presented itself . . . The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time.'30 The cause of his visionary vertigo is not what is suddenly present to his external eye: it...
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Smithsonian Institution Secretary, Charles Doolittle Walcott

Ellis Leon Yochelson - 2001 - 636 pages
...the globe. Revolutions still more remote appeared in the distance of this extraordinary perspective. The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into...earnestness and admiration to the philosopher who was now enfolding to us the order and series of these wonderful events, we became sensible how much further...
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The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People

Tim Flannery - 2002 - 464 pages
...our nation to ask God's mercy on my many failings of mind and body. Part One AN 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....
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The Abyss of Time: Changing Conceptions of the Earth's Antiquity After the ...

Claude C. Albritton - 2002 - 256 pages
...the globe. Revolutions still more remote appeared in the distance of this extraordinary perspective. The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time. . . That view from the brink did not cause Hutton's mind to "recoil"; for as he tells us, he returned...
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Planet Earth and the New Geoscience

Victor Schmidt, William Harbert - 2003 - 448 pages
...the globe. Revolutions still more remote appeared in the distance of this extraordinary perspective. The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into...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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