History and Victorian Geology
Since the beginning, humans have had a natural curiosity to wonder and explore our environment, it helps us learn and survive as babies and thrive as adults.
How old is… everything? The Earth Sciences are fascinating and diverse; what’s cooler than studying all the stuff on earth and how it came to be? From volcanoes to dinosaurs… not much (in our opinion).
No body could confidently determine the age of the earth before the discovery of radioactivity (not as scary as it sounds) and the development of radiometric dating in the early 20th century.
In 17th century Europe, it was commonplace to believe that the earth, and the age of the human species were about the same. One historian estimated the earth was about 6000 years old, based on the contextual evidence of the bible….
The discovery and use of fossils as evidence started deeper thinking by philosophers and scientists, and began to shape idea of the earth existing pre-human, a total revelation in thinking.