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Episodes 1978; 1(1): 3-5

Published online March 1, 1978

https://doi.org/10.18814/epiiugs/1978/v1i1/001

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EPISODES AND ENGRAVINGS: JAMES HUTTON AND JOHN CLERK

Gordon Y. Craig1,2

1The Geology of Scotland
2Head of the Department of Geology at the University of Edinburgh

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Abstract

The Huttonian theory on geological revolutions or “episodes” – now known as the geological cycle – forms the foundation of the modern science of geology. In 1968, quite by chance, a collection of James Hutton’s geological drawings were discovered for the first time. Together with some diaries about Hutton’s Geological excursions, the drawings will be published later this year in a large folio entitled James Hutton’s Theory of the Earth: The Lost Drawings.* Professor Craig, one of the authors, outlines the historical as well as the artistic and geological importance of this discovery.