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The Age of the Earth1

Nature volume 88, pages 334336 (04 January 1912) | Download Citation



THE doctrine of uniformity in geology stated by Hutton in the words “we find no vestige of a beginning and no prospect of an end” was accepted by many until Lord Kelvin surprised this school of geologists in 1868 by drawing a very decided limit to the possible age of the earth.

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    Portion of the presidential address delivered to Section A, Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, 1911, by Prof. T. H. Laby.

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    This will be seen at once to follow from a calculation given by Strutt, Proc. Roy. Soc., p. 482, 1906.

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    See for example , Nobel lecture, 1908.

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