Some youthful beliefs of sir Archibald Geikie, PRS, and the first publication of his `on the study of the sciences'
Author: Oldroyd, David
Source: Annals of Science, Volume 54, Number 1, January 1997 , pp. 69-86(18)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd
Abstract:Two documents written in his youth by the distinguished nineteenth-century British geologist Archibald Geikie have recently become available to historians. One is Geikie's `Journal', written when he had recently been appointed to the Scottish Branch of the Geological Survey; the other is an essay `On the Study of the Sciences', which is published here in full. The essay gives an indication of Geikie's early views on science and his thoughts about education. The `Journal' reveals much about Geikie's youthful personal fears and goals, and his religious views. It appears that he was filled with religious zeal and piety when a young man, though as far as the evidence goes, this gave way to conventional religious observance in later life.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1997-01-01