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The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology (Paperback) by Roger Osborne

For anyone who prefers the history of science to the science itself…

At base, this is a history of scientific enquiry, following in the wake of developments in the early chemical industry of one small corner of England. I read a library copy of the ‘Egg’ a few years ago and determined to visit the part of Yorkshire which inspired these essays. Staying in Staithes, I used this book as a companion, providing a lyrical commentary as I perused the fossils in Whitby museum; explored the alum workings along the coast; scrambled up to the mouth of Kirkdale Cave where hyenas once dwelt; discovered ammonites on the wave-cut platform of the North Yorkshire coast. By concentrating on a fairly localised area, Osborne has given anyone interested in the history of scientific endeavor [excuse the pun; you will understand it once you have read the essay on the Transit of Venus,] a spur to explore this marvelous environment. Highly recommended. [Five Stars]

Hardcover: 372 pages Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; First Edition edition (20 Aug. 1998) Language: English ISBN-10: 0224050281 ISBN-13: 978-0224050289