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Darwin-L Message Log 1:202 (September 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<1:202>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Fri Sep 24 10:31:47 1993

Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1993 11:33:56 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: September 24 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

SEPTEMBER 24 -- TODAY IN THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES

1802: ETIENNE-JULES-ADOLPHE, DESMIER DE SAINT-SIMON, VICOMTE D'ARCHIAC,
geologist and paleontologist, born at Rheims, France.  Following a period
of military service he will become one of the foremost stratigraphers of
Europe, and will publish a major history of early nineteenth-century
geology (_Histoire des Progres de la Geologie de 1834 a 1845_, 1847-60).
At first critical of evolutionary ideas, d'Archiac will eventually come to
accept the theory of descent, recognizing that "The present state of the
earth is only the consequence of its past -- and that holds true for the
organic as well as the inorganic realm" (_Geologie et Paleontologie_,
1866).  While in the midst of a severe depression he will commit suicide
by throwing himself into the Seine on Christmas Eve, 1868.

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