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Marcel-Alexandre Bertrand
(2 Jul 1847 - 13 Feb 1907)

French geologist who introduced the theory that certain mountains, in particular the Alps, were formed by folding of the Earth’s crust.

Science Quotes by Marcel-Alexandre Bertrand (2 quotes)

The creation of a science, like that of a world, demands more than a single day; but when our successors write the history of our science, I am convinced that they will say that the work of Suess marks the end of the first day, when there was light.
— Marcel-Alexandre Bertrand
As translated to English, in Karl Alfred von Zittel, History of Geology and Palæontology to the End of the Nineteenth Century (1901), 321, from Bertrand’s Preface to the French translation by Emile de Margerie of Éduard Seuss, Das Antlitz der Erde (The Face of the Earth). The quote is the concluding sentence of La Face de la Terre (1897), Preface, xvi: “Il faut savoir attendre; la création d’une science, comme celle d’un monde, demande plus d’un jour; mais quand nos successeurs écriront l’histoire de la nôtre, ils diront, j’en suis persuadé, que l’œuvre de M. Suess marque dans cette histoire la fin du premier jour, celui où la lumière fut.”
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The idea of making a fault a subject of study and not an object to be merely determined has been the most important step in the course of my methods of observation. If I have obtained some new results it is to this that I owe it.
— Marcel-Alexandre Bertrand
'Notice sur les Travaux Scientifiques de Marcel Bertrand' (1894). In Geological Society of London, The Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London (May 1908), 64, li.
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