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History 110A, Week 1

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History 110A, Week 1 Hist 110A

Elizabeth Gonzalez
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Just a quick little intro to development of ideas.
World Civilization to 16c
D. Reemes
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History 110A, taxonomy, Age of earth, James Usher, Niels Steno, Compte de Buffon, Lord Kelvin




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Date Created: 01/28/16
1/27/2016  Age of Earth  ˜ There has been many people throughout time who have tried to discover how old Earth is. ˜  James Usher st  1  person in 1654, he started off with the bible because he was religious. From dated found in the bible he start to  add up the years.  His date Earth was created was a Sunday October 23, 4004 B.C which was published in bibles.  ˜ Niels Steno  With him things really begin.   Rediscovery, traveled to Tuscany (Renaissance took place in), Italy.  Found a river valley that had layers with fossils.  Published Geology of Tuscany, 1669.  Based on the layers, they came up with the idea that Earth was much older, these people were known as  Philosophers of nature, not scientist.   ˜ Compte de Buffon  Enlightment period  Collected fossils, from his collection he estimated to accommodate his stuff he had, published a book in 1778.   He figured out Earth had Volcanoes and had iron in its center.   His guess was 40,000 when earth was molten and people came around about 15­20,000.  ˜ Lord Kelvin  Industrial Revolution  His idea was to get a lot of iron and heat it to a melting point, and time how long it takes it to cool (since Earth  mainly Iron) . After he got the time it took the small ball to cool he would multiply it to the size of the Earth.   He was really off because he did not take account of radiation, which makes Earth cool down at a different rate.  ˜ How we in modern times estimate Earth’s age   We use radio metric radiation, U , which has extra neutrons in nucleus which spits out protons and neutrons and  later on becomes stable Lead (L ).   Very accurate because it decays at a constant rate.  If a rock has Uranium and Lead then you can calculate it.    Taxonomy  ˜ Felix Domesticus:  ˜ It is in Latin, which means house cat.  ˜ Written by Karl Leni, who changed his name to Linnaeus (which is Latin)  ˜ Karl published Systema Naturae in 1735, which translates to system of nature. Works on plants and animals still today. From him we get:  Kingdom & Filum & Class (mammals)  &Order & Family (hominies    “human like”)  & Humans (Homo)  ˜ He did not believe in evolution, he was trying to create the outline God had when creating the  world. However, instead he created the outline for evolutionist.    1 | P a g e


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