The Great Devonian Controversy The Shaping of Scientific Knowledge among Gentlemanly Specialists
by Martin J. S. Rudwick
University of Chicago Press, 1985
Cloth: 978-0-226-73101-8 | Paper: 978-0-226-73102-5 | Electronic: 978-0-226-73100-1
DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226731001.001.0001
ABOUT THIS BOOKAUTHOR BIOGRAPHYTABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS BOOK

"Arguably the best work to date in the history of geology."—David R. Oldroyd, Science

"After a superficial first glance, most readers of good will and broad knowledge might dismiss [this book] as being too much about too little. They would be making one of the biggest mistakes in their intellectual lives. . . . [It] could become one of our century's key documents in understanding science and its history."—Stephen Jay Gould, New York Review of Books

"Surely one of the most important studies in the history of science of recent years, and arguably the best work to date in the history of geology."—David R. Oldroyd, Science

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Martin J. S. Rudwick is professor of the history of science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Meaning of Fossils, also available from the University of Chicago Press.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Illustrations

Preface

List of Footnote Abbreviations

Dramatis Personae

Part I. Setting the Scene

Chapter 1. Scientific Research under a Historical Microscope

Chapter 2. Arenas of Gentlemanly Debate

Chapter 3. Unraveling the Earth

Part II. The Plot Unfolds

Chapter 4. Prelude: Unraveling the Greywacke

Chapter 5. The Controversy Goes Public

Chapter 6. Taming the Transition

Chapter 7. Devonshire Put to the Test

Chapter 8. Interpretative Maneuvers

Chapter 9. Shifting the Argument

Chapter 10. Big Books in Collision

Chapter 11. The Devonian System Reborn

Chapter 12. Conquering the Continent

Chapter 13. Creating a Consensus

Chapter 14. The Devonian Naturalized

Part III. The Action Analyzed

Chapter 15. The Shape of the Controversy

Chapter 16. The Shaping of Natural Knowledge

A. "And They Lived Happily Ever After"

B. The Devonian Modernized

C. Note on Prices and Incomes

Manuscript Sources

Printed Sources

Secondary References

Index