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Money, Blood and Revolution: How Darwin and the doctor of King Charles I could turn economics into a science by George Cooper

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6. Continents and Revolutions

“In the 1950s it was claimed that a US geology lecturer could be dismissed for teaching Wegener.”

Robert Muir Wood (Wood, 1985)

Darwin’s theory of evolution was an interdisciplinary revolution. He used ideas from economics to solve a problem in biology that had been identified by paleontology. His theory of evolution then immediately helped cause a crisis in geology.

By the end of the 19th century, geology was the next of the big scientific disciplines to move into full-blown crisis. Darwin’s new theory of evolution was causing problems for geologists, both through the fossil record and the evidence of living species. Darwin’s theory meant that the probability of identical species evolving in geographically ...

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