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Enlightenment rocks

Glen Tilt is central to the history of geology because it was one of the sites where James Hutton (1726-97), the father of modern geology, devised his ideas about deep time.

His ideas culminated in the publication of the Theory of the Earth. Some of his arguments rested on close observations of rock striations, which he argued, had been laid down over millions of years. In this video, we talk with philosophers, artists, and historians – including Lucinda Lax (National Portrait Gallery), Stephanie O’Rourke (University of St Andrews), Iain Stewart FRSE and Ilana Halperin, an artist who explores the relationship between geology, mineralogy, and earth processes, human memory and bodies. Watch as we explore the history, representation of rocks and the people who studied them.

 

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