Keith Douglas' Web Page

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What is the philosophy of computing? A brief introduction to my primary professional interest.
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My educational philosophy As a sometime teacher I've developed one. Includes book resources.

Book Influences - Geology

Title
Author
Purchase / Enjoy Cover
Comment
A Field Guide and Introduction to the Geology and Chemistry of Rocks and Minerals Sorrell A deceptively dense and technical book about the subject in the title. Small and conveniently sized for field usage and has colured illustrations.
Earth Press & Siever A gigantic (~1000 pages) introduction to geology for non-natural science students. Nevertheless, includes a few equations, many diagrams and photos and a comprehensive discussion of sub-subjects such as vulcanology, sedimentology, lithology, minerology, hydrology and economic geology. Most interesting (perhaps) to a philosopher will be the unabashed discussion of what some have pronounced impossible - experiments in geology.
The Age of the Earth Dalrymple While slightly dated in terms of its discussion of other planets and how they fit into determining "the" age of the Earth, the rest of the material shows the convergence of methods and techniques over the past 50 or so years. Despite being a popularization, it also reads more like a textbook, as it is full of equations and graphs most popularizations would omit. This is all to the good as far as I am concerned, but may reduce its accessibility. High school algebra is all that is necessary, however, for understanding. Although the book does not explicitly address the question, it shows indirectly how ridiculous creationist claims of "a young earth" actually are. Only missing is the calculation that shows that some versions of the "nonconstant decay rate" pseudoscientific hypothesis would result in ridiculous energy outputs.

 

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