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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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Snowball Earth: The Story of the Great Global Catastrophe that Spawned Life ...

Gabrielle Walker - 2003 - 269 pages
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Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time

Stephen Baxter - 2004 - 264 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. Hutton had at last taught himself to read God's books, and the stories he could tell were wonderful...
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Understanding the Present: An Alternative History of Science

Bryan Appleyard - 2004 - 310 pages
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Earth Science and the Environment

Graham R. Thompson, Jonathan Turk - 2005 - 601 pages
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The History of Metaphors of Nature: Science and Literature from ..., Volume 2

Stephen A. Norwick - 2006 - 496 pages
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The History of Metaphors of Nature: Science and Literature from ..., Volume 2

Stephen A. Norwick - 2006 - 496 pages
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Devil in the Mountain: A Search for the Origin of the Andes

Simon Lamb - 2004 - 356 pages
...formation 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's moment of giddiness marks an important step forward in our understanding of the origin of...
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Scotland, the Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those who ...

Rosemary Goring - 2007 - 522 pages
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The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour

Joseph E. Harmon, Alan G. Gross - 2007 - 353 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...with earnestness and admiration to the philosopher [Hutton] who was now unfolding to us the order and series of these wonderful events, we became sensible...
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The Discovery of Evolution

David Young - 2007 - 12 pages
...of events made it plain what a vast length of time must have been involved. As Playfair commented, 'The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time.' When Hutton's views were published, they added fresh controversy to the debates about the history of...
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