Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, (14 November 1797 – 22 February 1875) was a lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton's concepts of uniformitarianism – the idea that the Earth was shaped by the same processes still in operation today.  Lyell was also one of the first to believe that the world is older than 300 million years.

Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, (14 November 1797 – 22 February 1875) was a lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton's concepts of uniformitarianism – the idea that the Earth was shaped by the same processes still in operation today. Lyell was also one of the first to believe that the world is older than 300 million years.

Charles Lyell - Thus he acknowledged that the surface if the globe has the appearance of having been subjected to great and violent sudden changes... The theory of uniformity..is consequently built  on argumentum ex silentio, or argument by default, required further analogies. ibid p 316   This often reprinted passage is an unfortunate example, for,

Charles Lyell - Thus he acknowledged that the surface if the globe has the appearance of having been subjected to great and violent sudden changes... The theory of uniformity..is consequently built on argumentum ex silentio, or argument by default, required further analogies. ibid p 316 This often reprinted passage is an unfortunate example, for,

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Charles Lyell - author of Principals of Geology, one of the books Alma had read relating to her work with moss.

Charles Lyell - author of Principals of Geology, one of the books Alma had read relating to her work with moss.

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The frontispiece from Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (second American edition, 1857), showing the origins of different rock types.

The frontispiece from Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (second American edition, 1857), showing the origins of different rock types.

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Principles of Geology, by Charles Lyell, at American Buddha Online Library

Principles of Geology, by Charles Lyell, at American Buddha Online Library

Part of a letter by Charles Darwin to his friend Charles Lyell (1861) “But I am very poorly today & very stupid & hate everybody & everything.”

Part of a letter by Charles Darwin to his friend Charles Lyell (1861) “But I am very poorly today & very stupid & hate everybody & everything.”

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