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James Hutton: Father of Modern Geology. Portrait by Sir Henry Raeburn.Courtesy Public domain (via Wikipedia)
James Hutton, born this day in 1726, was a Scottish farmer and doctor (although he never practiced medicine), and is often regarded as the "Father of Modern Geology". Through direct observations and studies of geological features in and around Great Britain, Hutton conceived the scientific ideas of uniformitarianism and deep time that directly challenged the popular biblical-based notion of the Earth being only 6000 years old. Hutton was a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburough and his book Theory of the Earth set the basis for modern geological theory.

Hutton biography at Encyclopedia of Earth

James Hutton: Founder of Modern Geology.
James Hutton: Founder of Modern Geology.Courtesy Public domain (via Wikipedia)
Today is the 314th anniversary of the death of Scottish physician, naturalist, and geologist James Hutton. Born in 1726, Hutton is considered the founder of modern geology and best remembered for his theory of the rock cycle, and of uniformitarianism. His concept of deep time was groundbreaking in its day and shattered the popular Bible-based notion that the Earth was a mere 6000 years old. Hutton died on this date in 1797.

James Hutton biography

James Hutton

by mdr on Mar. 26th, 2010

Father of modern geology: Portrait of James Hutton by Sir Henry Raeburn (Scottish National Portrait Gallery).
Father of modern geology: Portrait of James Hutton by Sir Henry Raeburn (Scottish National Portrait Gallery).Courtesy Public domain via Wikipedia
Born June 3, 1726 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Hutton was a physician, chemist, naturalist, and amateur geologist. He is considered the "father of modern geology" having formulated the theory of uniformitarianism, and its related notion of deep time. Hutton passed away on this day in 1797.

James Hutton bio
Hutton's Theory of the Earth


10000 year clock: Taken by Phillip Kirlin, in September 2005.

There was a time today when it was 1 second, 2 minutes, 3 hours, 4 days, 5 months, and 6 years into the new millennium. Counting time can be done in different ways. Danny Hillis wants "to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every one hundred years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years. If I hurry I should finish the clock in time to see the cuckoo come out for the first time."
Wired magazine featured Danny's idea more than eight years ago and a prototype was built that chimed in the new millenium on New Years Eve, 1999. Steward Brand has an article about choosing where to locate the clock and Wikipedia has an entry, "Clock of the Long Now". Discover magazine has more coverage and some great photos of the "Long Now" clock.