Darwin-L Message Log 2:90 (October 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<2:90>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Sat Oct 16 15:21:37 1993

Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1993 16:28:35 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: October 16 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro


1714: GIOVANNI ARDUINO (or ARDUINI) is born at Caprino, Italy.  As a young man
he will work in the mines of the Adige valley, and will soon became one of the
leading mining specialists in Italy.  From his study of the mountains and
plains of northern Italy Arduino will describe four general geological periods
which he will name Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, and Quaternary.  He will go
on to lay the intellectual foundations for the principle of actualism which
will become one of the central concepts of historical geology: "With the sole
guidance of our practical knowledge of those physical agents which we see
actually used in the continuous workings of nature, and of our knowledge of
the respective effects induced by the same workings, we can with reasonable
basis surmise what the forces were which acted even in the remotest times."

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