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Charles Lyell (1797-1875) A British Geologist in Spain

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« on: July 27, 2008, 09:48 AM »
Thanks to a query from Lucy regarding my geological incompetence  :banghead:, I stumbled across this interesting article (NB as a pdf download):
digital.csic.es/bitstream/10261/4982/1/2249762%5B1%5D.pdf

Here's Lyell's biography too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Lyell

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Simon

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2008, 10:27 AM »
Thanks for that Simon
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2008, 14:08 PM »
Wasn't it Lyell's work that inspired Darwin?

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2008, 06:52 AM »
Hi John,

According to my sources Lyell did more than inspire C.D. he fitted him up with his berth on the Beagle!

It seems they only met after The Voyage but then became firm friends and colleagues, although Lyell remained sceptical about evolutionary theory for some time after the O of S was published.

A very interesting pint is made in the Virgili article (see pdf download) about the fact that Lyell's first Spanish trip, in 1830, was under the shadow of the Inquisition (1487-1834) but that the authorities took a lenient view of geology due to its commercial spin off, i.e. the quest for mineral wealth! Science vs, politics then as now :technodevil:

Hope you're enjoying your holidays!

Simon