Geologist Tom Williams will examine the incredible legacy of James Hutton—the Founder of Modern Geology, as part of Jefferson Land Trust’s annual Geology Lecture Series.
During the latter half of the 1700’s, James Hutton was one of a truly remarkable group of intellectuals, who collectively participated in what is known as the “Scottish Enlightenment.” None made more original contributions, than Hutton, to our understanding of the Earth. Until that time, Earth was considered only 6,000 years old, but Hutton provided unequivocal evidence that it was far older, thus totally shifting world views and laying the foundations of modern geology.
Lecturer Thomas Williams, a retired Engineering Geologist from Santa Rosa, California, has taught earth science at many Northern California colleges and has led many geology field trips exploring the landscapes of Scotland. His illustrated presentation will show dramatic geologic sites in Scotland that inspired James Hutton's observations and enlightened understanding.
This lecture on Wednesday is a departure from traditional Saturday presentations, so please join the Jefferson Land Trust Geology Group for this illustrated talk, free to the public (although donations are gratefully accepted to defray speaker travel expenses).