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- Description'Radioactivity is like a clock that never needs adjusting,' writes Doug Macdougall. 'It would be hard to design a more reliable timekeeper.' In Nature's Clocks , Macdougall tells how scientists who were seeking to understand the past arrived at the ingenious techniques they w use to determine the age of objects and organisms. By examining radiocarbon (C-14) dating - the best kwn of these methods - and several other techniques that geologists use to decode the distant past, Macdougall unwraps the last century's advances, explaining how they reveal the age of our fossil ancestors such as 'Lucy,' the timing of the disaurs' extinction, and the precise ages of tiny mineral grains that date from the beginning of the earth's history. In lively and accessible prose, he describes how the science of geochrology has developed and flourished. Relating these advances through the stories of the scientists themselves - James Hutton, William Smith, Arthur Holmes, Ernest Rutherford, Willard Libby, and Clair Patterson - Macdougall shows how they used ingenuity and inspiration to construct one of modern science's most significant accomplishments: a timescale for the earth's evolution and human prehistory.
- Author BiographyDoug Macdougall is Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, and currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the author of Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages (UC Press, 2004) and A Short History of Planet Earth.
- Author(s)Douglas Macdougall
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication20/10/2009
- SubjectNatural History: General
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note14 b/w photographs, 12 line illustrations, 1 map
- Weight59 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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